Tuesday, March 21, 2006

French health care is poor. Attention Krugman

I am back from four days offline in Phoenix, Arizona. Not for baseball's Spring training; we have friends there. The partisan professor strikes. Out. Prof. Paul Krugman of the partisan New York Times says the French got it right on health care. He hasn't been reading the news. We rely on reputable sources like Bad Hair Blog to correct the distinguished partisan professor. Bad Hair has long list of the problems in France. Most of his sources are the BBC. A few:
May 10, 2005 Hundreds of French surgeons have begun a symbolic "exile" in Britain to demand the right to charge higher fees Jan 22, 2004 Thousands of French health workers have held a one-day strike to protest against government plans to cut costs in the country's health system. Jan 22, 2004 Doctors, nurses and other health professionals have taken to the streets of Paris to protest against government plans to cut back on a health service which has a projected overspend this year of eight billion pounds. 15,000 elderly and frail dead during a heat wave in 2003 Aug 14, 2003 With temperatures soaring above the 40C mark over a two-week period, France's poorly-prepared hospitals never stood a chance, since they lack air-conditioning.
Krugman doesn't stand a chance.

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