Country Correspondent: Paul Dourgnon
In September 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new “health transformation strategy” that positions health care as a pillar of his 21st-century welfare state. The plan's 54 measures includes the creation 400 new positions for general practitioners, who would divide their time between their practices and hospitals. In addition, 4,000 medical assistants would be introduced by 2022 to conduct simple medical procedures, assist patients in navigating the medical system, and perform some administrative tasks. The plan also devotes additional investments to create a unique electronic health record for each patient and end the national cap on the number of medical students.