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Social Issues Overview (June 2012)

Social Issues Overview (June 2012)


Each month the Department of Social Affairs at the Centre d'analyse stratégique offers a selection of information, innovation and experimentation from abroad.

This overview does not suggest that implementation of these policies would necessarily be relevant in a French domestic context. It consists of subjective choices made by staff members of the department as part of their research and their meetings. It can spark interest, caution or rejection. The goal is first and foremost to help steer the debate on the future of our social model.

  • June's topic of interest: Canada

According to the Canadian Medical Association, medical tattoos are becoming more and more popular and can mean the difference between life and death. Information about medical conditions can thus be transmitted (chronic diseases, allergies, directions to follow in an emergency etc.). However, given the lack of procedure, standardized practices and the fact that medical personnel are not trained to look for these tattoos, experts warn citizens about the fact that, for the timing being, these tattoos cannot be considered a reliable substitute for medical bracelets ("MedicAlert bracelets").

  • Source: The National Post, 14/05/12

You can naturally add to this overview by sending any information you consider relevant to the following contact: Daniele Vidal, Department of Social Affairs:


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