French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans to make his country’s healthcare system, considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years.
Mr Macron announced organisational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies to provide health care to patients across the country, regardless of where they live.
Mr Macron said: “A lot of our neighbours envy the excellence of our healthcare system.
“We are attached to our model which associates hospital medicine — public and private — and private medical practice.”
France came out number one in a World Health Organisation report comparing 191 countries in 2000.
But the country’s healthcare system is struggling with increasing costs and a lack of doctors in some rural regions and poorer neighbourhoods.