Public health and Covid-19 in France

Healthcare in France

Healthcare in France is one of the most effective worldwide.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in France is 79.3 years for men and 85.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 11.0 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 4,768.73 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 12.2 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,177.15 USD (~ 10.9% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in France

Current incidence in the week ending 06/08/2023: 26.9 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 8th, 2023, a total of 39,053,413 infected people and 163,680 deaths have been reported in France.

The total of 39,053,413 infected people currently represents 60.05 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding June 8th, 2023, was 17,471, for a 7-day incidence of 26.9 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, 62 people died from (or with) COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.4 percent in France.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 158.01 million vaccine doses have been administered as of May 14th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 54.67 million people who have received at least one vaccination (81.2 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 41.03 million people (61.0 percent).

53.18 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in France (= 79.0 percent).
This means that France is still one of the better countries in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 51 countries.

Weight and size

Body height178 cm164 cm
Weight82.6 kg66.0 kg


FranceØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.80%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

FranceØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.60%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In France, 33.4 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in FranceThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in France is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 5.9 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 219,000 physicians in France, there are about 3.23 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 11 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Drinking water supply

As one of the few countries, France offers almost its entire population (99.25 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The percentage of population reached by additional supply from springs and wells or delivered drinking water is 100 percent. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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