French Lessons - by Ian Morrison (an article that makes you chuckle)
I just read a fantastic funny article by Ian Morrison, a futurist, about why the French feel they are superior and what we can learn about their Health Care system. I chuckled and laughed the whole way through it because it is all true!!!
Here's the beginning of the article and click further to read the entire story/
"The French have the best health care system in the world. Just ask them. (According to them, they have the best everything in the world, from cheese to lifestyle.) Yet, the World Health Organization and many other international comparative analyses actually do agree that the French are healthy and that the French health system is at, or close to, the top of the list in performance. Are there any lessons that we can learn from France?
Decoding French Culture
All health care systems are a reflection of the values and culture of their country. So you can decode the health care system only if you try to understand the culture. On a recent visit, I did my best to immerse myself in the language and culture to interpret why the French seem to be so healthy and do so well in the health care comparison stakes. This involved a lot of wine and smelly cheese.
Here are some clues:
The country is in a superior location. France is geographically situated as a perfect hexagon (L'Hexagon, they call it) in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, which gives the country beautiful vistas, rich arable land and the finest products of the countryside. From the cheese of Normandy to the olives of Provence and all the wine in between, France has killer natural groceries. Even the poorest peasant (read "guy who just sold his little farm to some chinless Brit hedge fund manager") knows what good organic food is (they call it biologique)."