French Reply on Tax and Health

The French Embassy has highlighted basic differences between the French and UK approach to tax for health care in a numbered reply to UK newspaper criticism of the French system. here’s what they have to say on tax for health :-

” 5/ ‘absurd levels of inefficient public spending’:

France’s public spending is again based on a different tradition of public services. Take health as an example. Years of under-investment forced the Blair government to allocate large sums of money to the NHS, and the current government has had to ring-fence funding for this ailing institution. Despite all of this, difficulties remain; the Mid-Staffordshire, Morecambe Bay and Colchester scandals illustrate just how widespread problems in the NHS are. The French system, by comparison, which is also almost entirely free of charge, came top of 191 countries in the World Health Organization’s rankings for overall healthcare (source: World Health Organization); France also provides twice as many hospital beds per citizen as the UK. Similar success exists in infrastructure, from high-speed rail to energy.

France has always sought to achieve greater efficiency and will continue to do so in spite of future budget cuts. Clearly, however, when you live in France – from health to infrastructure and from energy costs to transport – you get bang for your euro”

Ouch !

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant


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