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Health at a glance 2017 : what place for France ?

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L ‘Organization of economic cooperation and development (OECD) has drawn up a balance sheet of health of the 35 countries that comprise it. The opportunity to dwell on the situation of France. Which acts as a good student in terms of quality of care… but also of dunce, in particular for the vaccination of children.

The edition 2017 of health at a glance indicates that ” since 1970 the life expectancy at birth has increased by more than 10 years in all OECD countries, to reach an average value of 80.6 years “. On this point, France is well above the average since the life expectancy reached to 82.4 years.

in addition, the high-quality of health care in our country is demonstrated in particular by the rate of survival in colon cancer (63.7 percent, compared to 62.8% on average in the OECD), and the low rate of mortality by heart attack (39 per 100 000 inhabitants compared to 112 for the OECD).

Immunization, tobacco, alcohol : the weak points of France

That was the good news. Because on different aspects, the Hexagon is shown lagging behind, in particular in relation to childhood immunization. As well, to “9% of one year olds are not vaccinated against measles (5% in the other countries of the OECD). France is also in the before-last position for the infant immunization against hepatitis B”. Taking note of these results, the minister in charge of Health, Agnes Buzyn, said that these figures reinforce “the fact of making it compulsory on the 1st January 2018 the 8 vaccines in early childhood recommended”.

For the consumption of tobacco and/or alcohol, the behavior of the French is hardly up to par. The prevalence of smoking is of particular concern with 19% of 15 year-olds smoking at least once per week (compared to 12% on average in the OECD), and 22.4% of the population who declare to smoke daily (18.4% for the OECD). Again, the figure is convincing enough to justify an increase in tobacco prices (expected to reach 10 euros in 2020).

Finally, France is among the countries consuming the most alcohol, with a 11.9 litres of pure alcohol per year and per inhabitant, against 9 liters on average in the OECD. Recall that among the risk factors of preventable cancers, alcohol holds a prominent place. In total each year, more than 15,000 cancer deaths that are attributable to himself. Awareness is needed…

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