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France fights universal care's high cost

Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2009

France claims it long ago achieved much of a healthcare system that covers everyone, and provides what supporters say is high-quality care. But soaring costs are pushing the system into crisis. As a result, while Congress fights over whether America should be more like France the French government is trying to borrow U.S. tactics. In recent months, France imposed co-pays on patients to try to hold down prescription-drug costs and forced state hospitals to crack down on expenses.