Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hospital Co-Pay Will Rise

The hospital co-pay will rise from 16 to 20 euros per day. The ostensible reason is to help reduce the Sécu deficit of 20 billion, but the price hike will raise only an estimated 400 million, which still leaves a pretty big hole. Some new restrictions on reimbursement of over-the-counter medications will raise some additional cash, but the center of the trou still gapes.

Unemployment Across France

This post is just an excuse to show off the skill I've just acquired in using the mapping capabilities of the statistical software package R. The map (click to enlarge) shows the most recent unemployment figures (INSEE) by département in five levels:
gray = 4-6%
blue = 6-8%
green = 8-10%
red = 10-12%
black = >12%