Health care in France: facing hard choices

Lopes, Christina
November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/6/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 10, p1167
Academic Journal
The article reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) anointed the French health care system in 2000 as the best in the world. It stated that even though there is far more private money in France's system than Canada's, the unemployed and low income earners are largely exempted from having to pay. In the case of prescription drug costs, as with doctors' visits and other health care needs, French patients are reimbursed an average of 65%-70% by the country's nationally mandated health insurance fund. They receive coverage under the Universal Coverage Act which extends health coverage to anyone who can prove they have been a legitimate resident of France for more than three months as of the year 2000.


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