French protest at health budget cuts

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1247
  1. ALEXANDER DOROZYNSKI, medical journalist
  1. Paris

    A wave of protests has greeted the French government's decision to increase “hotel” charges for hospital patients and to impose a ceiling on hospital expenditure. The first measure is said to penalise the poorest patients and the second to strike indiscriminately at the country's 2000 or so hospitals. The announcement came as a surprise only a few days after officials had started a series of meetings in French provinces in the hope of reaching agreement on ways …

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