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A new focus on prevention from French Ministry of Health

With the election of Emmanuel Macron in France in May, 2017, the country’s Ministry of Health has announced the new administration’s strategic priorities for the coming five years. Topping the list is a focus on prevention, followed closely by reorganising care around GPs to help improve access for patients.

 

IDEA LAB

A new focus on prevention from French Ministry of Health

With the election of Emmanuel Macron in France in May, 2017, the country’s Ministry of Health has announced the new administration’s strategic priorities for the coming five years. Topping the list is a focus on prevention, followed closely by reorganising care around GPs to help improve access for patients.

 

Whilst countries in Europe generally commit 3% of healthcare budgets to prevention [link to page with this statistic], the OECD has noted that France only devotes 2% of its budget to prevention.  The new Health Minister has already drawn both criticism and praise for her proposed law that would add eight vaccines to the three that are currently mandatory. France’s vaccine coverage rate for diseases such as measles is as low as 75%, far from the 95% necessary to prevent outbreaks of easily preventable diseases.

 

As for healthcare access, the Health Ministry’s second major strategic priority is improving access to healthcare by reorganising care around general practitioners and improving their links to specialists and hospitals. The concept is simple: by improving the flow of information between all healthcare practitioners, patients will have an easier time getting the right treatment at the right time in the right place.

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