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France Health Stats

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The French are a proud people, frequently claiming they have the best language, the best poetry, the best music, and the best food. While we might disagree with these claims, we can’t argue with them having the best health system - even World Health Organization said so in 2000. When indexed by indicators of quality health care systems, France is dominating in all areas except in expediency, and currently battling Belgium for No. 1 spot in Europe. Life expectancy at birth in 2013 was 78 years for men and 85 for women - fourth highest in the world - but at a high cost: almost 10% of their GDP is dedicated to health care, which is among the highest percentages in Europe, pointing to a system that lacks in efficiency. The country as a whole has by far the lowest mortality from cardiovascular disease in Europe with 39.8 deaths per 100,000 people, which in addition to good health care experts ascribe to the French habit of drinking a glass of wine with their meal. However, there are quite big differences within the country: in 2009, 8.28% of population were immigrants (foreign-born); mainly North and Subsaharan Africans seeking employment, with only basic education, and unreliable socioeconomic status, which traditionally means poorer health outcomes. Despite the principle of “national solidarity” when it comes to basic life needs, slow integration combined with current lack of good public health measures spells health inequality in the coming decades.

Definitions

  • Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people: Crude birth rate indicates the number of live births occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the population growth rate in the absence of migration.
  • Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth: Average age of mother at first childbirth.
  • Births and maternity > Total fertility rate: Total fertility rate.
  • Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
  • Infant mortality rate > Total: This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
  • Life expectancy > Men: Life expectancy for men.
  • Life expectancy > Women: Life expectancy for women.
  • Life expectancy > Years of potential life lost from premature death > Females: Female YPLL. Years lost to premature death. 

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Life expectancy at birth > Total population: The average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.
  • Life expectancy at birth, male > Years: Life expectancy at birth, male (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy at birth, total > Years: Life expectancy at birth, total (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians are defined as graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, research).
  • Probability of not reaching 60: Probability at birth of not reaching the age of 40.
  • Quality of health care system > Health care system index: Health Care Index is an estimation of the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, cost, etc.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people 12.6 per 1,000 people 2005 136th out of 181
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 29.9 2009 4th out of 25
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.99% 2100 32nd out of 196
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 7.7 per 1,000 people 2003 11th out of 60
Infant mortality rate > Total 3.29 deaths/1,000 live births 2011 208th out of 216
Life expectancy > Men 78 years 2013 24th out of 99
Life expectancy > Women 85 years 2013 7th out of 99
Life expectancy > Years of potential life lost from premature death > Females 2,252 2014 16th out of 29
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 81.19 years 2011 13th out of 216
Life expectancy at birth, male > Years 78.4 2011 22nd out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 81.67 2011 14th out of 196
Obesity 9.4% 2003 23th out of 29
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 3.37 per 1,000 people 2004 3rd out of 67
Probability of not reaching 60 11.4% 2050 27th out of 48
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 82.23 2014 3rd out of 46

SOURCES: World Development Indicators database; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; Wikipedia: Years of potential life lost (By country); (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; OECD Health Data 2005; calculated on the basis of survival data from UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; health care

Citation

"France Health Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/France/Health

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France ranked first for fertility rate > total > births per woman amongst European Union in 2005.
France ranked second for life expectancy > female amongst Christian countries in 2008.
France ranked #4 for life expectancy at birth > total population amongst Catholic countries in 2011.
France ranked first for life expectancy at birth > female amongst NATO countries in 2011.

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The French are a proud people, frequently claiming they have the best language, the best poetry, the best music, and the best food. While we might disagree with these claims, we can’t argue with them having the best health system - even World Health Organization said so in 2000. When indexed by indicators of quality health care systems, France is dominating in all areas except in expediency, and currently battling Belgium for No. 1 spot in Europe. Life expectancy at birth in 2013 was 78 years for men and 85 for women - fourth highest in the world - but at a high cost: almost 10% of their GDP is dedicated to health care, which is among the highest percentages in Europe, pointing to a system that lacks in efficiency. The country as a whole has by far the lowest mortality from cardiovascular disease in Europe with 39.8 deaths per 100,000 people, which in addition to good health care experts ascribe to the French habit of drinking a glass of wine with their meal. However, there are quite big differences within the country: in 2009, 8.28% of population were immigrants (foreign-born); mainly North and Subsaharan Africans seeking employment, with only basic education, and unreliable socioeconomic status, which traditionally means poorer health outcomes. Despite the principle of “national solidarity” when it comes to basic life needs, slow integration combined with current lack of good public health measures spells health inequality in the coming decades.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014

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