Health care under French national health insurance

V. G. Rodwin, S. Sandier

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Several elements of the French health system-the predominance of office- based medical practice, the mix of private and public hospitals, the use of patient cost sharing, direct payment of physicians by patients, and financing derived from payroll taxes-closely resemble aspects of the U.S. health system. There are four major differences between the two systems: the French system covers more than 99 percent of the population; the prices of health services in France are lower than in the United States; the volume of most services is higher than in the United States; and French health care spending per capita is lower than in the United States. Recently enacted and proposed reforms in France likely will strengthen existing health spending targets and utilization controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-131
Number of pages21
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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