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An Expert's View about Human Health Services in France

Last updated: 26 Sep 2011

The government has introduced successive reforms to reduce costs. HealthCare is being reorganised regionally with the establishment of ARS (agencies regionales de santé), created by the HPST legislation (hospital, patients, santé et territories).

Sector briefing HealthCare opportunities in France Why France? -A hospital per 20,000 people (Europe av. 1:40,000) -2,784 healthcare establishments, 440,000 beds. -22,700 pharmacies. 4,100 medical laboratories. -Spend on medical devices ?7,7b (UK ?6,1b) -The sector employs more than 900,000. In 2009, the total for French health expenditure was ? 223,1 billion, representing 11.7% of GDP. This puts France in third place internationally after the USA and Switzerland. The government has introduced successive reforms to reduce costs. HealthCare is being reorganised regionally with the establishment of ARS (agencies regionales de santé), created by the HPST legislation ?... total for French health (hospital, patients, santé et territories). Financial responsibilities are delegated to the health expenditure was ? 223.1 billion. insurance/social security system. That is ?2775 per man, woman and child.? Established in 1945, the French system is considered one of the best in the world. The sector combines private and public care, with less of a distinction between the two than in the UK. Many health professionals switch between the two sectors. Find general information on the French market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for France gives an overview of France?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in France There are also opportunities for suppliers of software Opportunities dedicated to specific pathologies. This is a huge and well developed market. The drivers The term e-health includes all medical healthcare and of changing demographics, the need to control costs technologies relying on modern information and and the panoply of new technologies now available is communication technologies (ICT). opening many opportunities. Innovative British companies are well positioned to E-healthcare is one of France's major priorities and contribute and take advantage of these changes. the government has embarked on an ambitious national healthcare IT programme based on electronic Elderly Care and Remote Care Services records and patient smart cards. The strategy for developing e-Health in France is Like all countries in Europe, France faces the based on four strands: challenges of a growing and ageing population with emphasis being placed on care in the home. ? The first consists of modernising hospital The "Grey Gold Market" is a most promising sector information technology systems. The Hospital with opportunities for medical devices for security and 2012 Plan with 1.5 billion Euros earmarked for distance diagnostic equipment and specialised services. healthcare information technology will In France by 2030, 3 persons out of 5 will live in support systems which optimise hospital towns and 28% of the French population will be more processes than 65 years old. Recognising the issues this will ? The second strand regards the Dossier bring the government launched the Plan Solidarité- Médical Personal (DMP), Personal Healthcare Grand Age (Solidarity Plan for the Elderly) to improve Record (PHR). The person will be able to the provision of care options for the elderly. access their health information on-line while Subsequently in July 2009 as part of the national at the same time allow information sharing programme ?Bien Veillir (Ageing Well), the and facilitating co-ordination between Government set up the label ?Bien vieillir ? Vivre ensemble? which consists of implementing adapted healthcare professionals, leading to an structures to allow elderly people to live in town and improvement in quality of service. to be as independent as possible. ? The third development is electronic health i.e. the technologies which facilitate surveillance, Medical care and ?hospitalisation? at Home diagnosis, expertise and long distance health care ( also known as telecare & telemedicine) The HAD (Hospitalisation a Domicile) scheme aims to ? At Government level the creation of two reduce hospital costs and therefore reduce traditional bodies dedicated to these technologies plus long hospital stays, in favour of ambulatory medicine and keeping patients in their homes. In 2007 this was reinforced strategic management of national extended to Old Folks Homes. healthcare information systems which will The service provides tools and equipment for homes, enable these objectives to be realised and refunded by the national social security system. As a monitored result, the scheme has created a demand for new mobile medical equipment and technical aids adapted This plan sits well with France?s roadmap for the to individual homes. development of ICT innovative solutions across all This project proposes a global modernisation of the sectors of the economy as outlined in France Health system and a reorientation of Government Numérique 2012?. The opening up of information priorities. The spend in this area has increased from systems to hospitals and practitioners, as well as ?285m to ?652m in 4 years (2005-2009). personal medical files, is included in this strategy. Between 2009 and 2012, 6.5bn Euros is being E-Healthcare allocated to new Regional Community Hospitals to develop telemedicine, personal health care records, high speed data transfer and tele-transmission of data The requirement in France for innovative IT solutions in radiology. in the healthcare sector provides opportunities for The aim is to give doctors, paramedics and medico- British companies to promote their products and social professionals access to the modern tools services in diverse areas such as communication enabling the optimisation of care process and medical systems, especially management information systems, decision-making so as to improve the chances and such as those enabling the transmission of data living conditions of the fragile. For patients, this aim is between GP, patient, hospitals and laboratories, to offer information and orientation assistance on-line following blood tests and x-rays etc. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in France about care available to enable the informed choice of Expenditure per citizen in 2009 Euros medical treatment. On average each French person spent 2775 Specific illnesses affecting significant parts of the population are also targeted. Breakdown Cancer The second Cancer Plan (Plan Cancer 2009-13), with Hospitals ? public 930 a budget of 730 million Euros. Comprising five areas - research, study, prevention and screening, treatment, Hospitals - private 280 and life during and after cancer, one of the main Doctors 342 priorities of the plan is to reduce social and Dentists 152 geographic inequalities. Other auxiliary staff 180 Alzheimer Labs 69 President Sarkozy is championing a high profile Plan Health spas 5 Alzheimer 2008-12 (Alzheimer's Plan), as both a Medicine 549 national and a Presidency priority, in order to improve Other medical consumables 162 research, diagnosis and treatment of the disease in young people. The plan highlights the need to Prevention 50 develop ICT applications in order to maintain personal Transport 56 autonomy, quality of life and well being at home for patients and their carers. This plan coincides closely in timing and common interest with the UK's National Dementia Strategy. Smoking Ban In 2008, France?s ban on smoking was extended to all covered public places. The State dedicates a budget of 100 million Euros a year to help smokers give up, egg through anti- nicotine treatments and publicity campaigns. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. UKTI Life sciences is made up of HealthCare and BioPharma. You can be alerted to business opportunities on A Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical France a regular basis by registering on the UKTI briefing is also available in this series. website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in France Pôle des Technologies Médicales Key Trade Shows 3 rue de la productique 42000 SAINT-ÉTIENNE PHARMAGORA Tel: +33 (0) 4 77 91 16 65 Exhibition for Pharmaceuticals and OTC Products Fax: +33 (0) 4 77 91 16 66 Internet: HOPITAL EXPO ? INTERMEDICA International exhibition for hospital equipment Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. GERONT?EXPO - HANDICAP EXPO New export events are added daily to the site National exhibition dedicated to Elderly People & and you can register to be alerted to them on a Disabled Patients daily, weekly or monthly basis URGENCES UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Emergency equipment exhibition provides grant support for eligible Small & AUTONOMIC Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend Major exhibition for equipment for disabled people trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas SILMO events Optical Frames and Equipment Exhibition UKTI contacts ADF Dental Exhibition John Hall Head of New Technologies Team S.O.F.C.O.T. Healthcare Commercial Officer International Orthopaedic Equipment exhibition British Consulate Lyon Tel: (0033) 4 7277 8171 There is also the opportunity to meet French Email: companies at neighbouring Germany?s Medica, the world?s largest healthcare trade show and RehaCare for Rehabilitation, Prevention, Julie Lebouleux Integration and Care. Healthcare Trade Sector Promoter British Consulate Lyon Key Trade Associations Tel: (0033) 4 7277 8322 Email: Syndicat National de l'Industrie des Technologies Médicales - SNITEM 39 rue Louis Blanc 92400 COURBEVOIE Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 17 63 88 Fax: +33 (0) 1 47 17 63 89 Internet: Fédération Hospitalière de France - FHF 1bis, Rue Cabanis 75014 PARIS Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 06 84 44 Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 06 84 45 Internet: Fédération Nationale des Etablissements d'Hospitalisation à Domicile - FNEHAD 40 rue du Fer à Moulin 75005 PARIS Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 43 09 09 Fax: +33 (0)1 55 43 09 04 Internet: UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in France Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the French market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in France, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Chinese market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Chinese market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. 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UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Healthcare opportunities in France
Posted: 26 September 2011, last updated 26 September 2011

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