Is the French health system getting worse?

Is the French health system getting worse

The health system topic is at the top of the pile. » This was declared in mid-January (2024) by the new French Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, who also ensures that the sector will benefit from massive investment in the next five years. It must be said that 4 years after the Covid crisis, the needs are still great, and the observation, not very encouraging, concerning this “national treasure” to use the words of Gabriel Attal. The emergency services are subject to pressure of increasingly strong: more and more patients are going there, in particular because of the deterioration of care in the city. The problem of medical deserts is far from being resolved.

Another worrying fact: the care of people with cancer is deteriorating in the country, according to the League Against Cancer: the time between diagnosis and first treatments is lengthening, with potential risks for patients. As for caregivers, whether they are nurses, caregivers, or doctors, they often say they are exhausted.

So are there any prospects for improvement in the short or long term? Or is the French health system still getting worse?

To debate it

– Francois Salachas, neurologist at the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and member of the inter-hospital collective

– Didier Martin deputy for Côte d’Or, Renaissance, member of the social affairs committee, former hospital doctor

– Frédéric Bizard, economist, affiliated professor at ESCP Europe and president of Institut Santé.