BusinessWeek Praises French Health Care System
Prenez l'aspirin deux et m'appelez le matin. (Translation: Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.)
Never has a doctor blowing you off sounded so cosmopolitan, but if Kerry Capell of BusinessWeek had her way, Americans would import much of the “generous” French health care system.
Capell’s story was directly linked to Michael Moore’s latest propaganda-mentary “Sicko.”
“The nation’s system isn’t quite as superb as Sicko maintains, but it’s pretty good,” stated the subhead.
Capell praised Michael Moore’s “SiCKO,” not so much for its biased analysis of the American health care system or its gleaming portrayal of the French system, but for raising the dialogue about health care and exposing the public to the French system.
“[W]hatever you think of
Lacking from Capell’s piece was a dose of perspective about French health care, because she only included three experts: Victor G. Rodwin of
As Kyle Smith pointed out in a review of “Sicko” in the New York Post, the French system is far from flawless. He specifically mentioned the August 2003 heat wave that claimed the lives of nearly 15,000 people in
Capell’s praise for the “stellar” system became ironic when she stated that
To make the case for French-style health care reforms, Capell touted statistics like
But the BusinessWeek correspondent did not mention where