Julia is a case manager at RCM Health.ca

Julia works for us from the south of France. Her husband is in the wine business.

The other day her youngest daughter, age 3, fell and sustained a small laceration to her forehead.

Before going to the ER which is a 15 minute drive, they spoke to the doctor in the ER.

He asked for a picture of the laceration. He said that Julia and her daughter should come to the ER for the laceration to be glued.

Julia arrived at the ER. They were expecting her. She signed in. The entire visit was less than 1 hour.  Things went every well.

Julia and her family have universal healthcare as does everyone in France and through her husband’s workplace, they have supplemental private health insurance.  The visit to the ER was paid for by their universal healthcare.

Here is more about how healthcare works in France:

In France, healthcare is funded through a combination of public and private sources. The public healthcare system is called the “Sécurité Sociale” (Social Security) and is financed by mandatory social security contributions from employees, employers, and the self-employed. The government also contributes to the funding of the public healthcare system.

In addition to the public healthcare system, there is also a private healthcare sector in France, which is funded through private health insurance, out-of-pocket payments, and complementary health insurance (known as “mutuelles”). Private health insurance is often provided by employers as part of their benefits package, or individuals can purchase it directly from insurance companies.

Overall, the French healthcare system is known for providing universal coverage and high-quality care, with a focus on preventative medicine and a strong emphasis on primary care.

We can learn a lot about how to improve healthcare in Canada by studying other healthcare systems.