New French HiT
The new French HiT suggests the French population enjoys good health and a high level of choice of providers. It is relatively satisfied with the health care system. However, as in many other countries, the rising cost of health care is of concern with regards to the objectives of the health care system. Many measures were or are being implemented in order to contain costs and increase efficiency.
The French health system has achieved success in meeting its goals of full coverage, access without waiting lists, patient choice and satisfaction. However, major problems include lack of coordination between hospital and ambulatory services, between private and public provision of care and between health care and public health. Furthermore, the relatively high level of health expenditure is increasingly of concern at a time when the public system is facing chronic deficits, which are likely to increase with the current economic downturn.