The Hotel-Dieu in Paris, founded in 651 AD, and to this day, right next to Notre Dame, is having exactly the same kind of troubles as our own hospitals in the US. In the interest of economics and efficiency, its beds are being gradually whittled down, and now an effort is taking place to close its emergency room. The idea is to “bring the Hotel-Dieu into the twenty-first century,” which apparently means shutting it down, and tearing yet another hole in the French safety net. For details and for readers of French, see here: http://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/Sante/Actualite/La-bataille-de-l-Hotel-Dieu-593297. This is noteworthy because the French healthcare system is often held up as an example for our own, although, apparently, it is having exactly the same kind of problems, and worse, the same kind of solutions.