France faces radical health insurance reforms

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1386
  1. ALEXANDER DOROZYNSKI, medical journalist
  1. Paris

    The French prime minister, Alain Juppe, received overwhelming support from the National Assembly last week for his plan for a thorough reform of the 50 year old social security system. Deputies voted 463 to 87 to back his project to eliminate the Fr250bn (pounds sterling32bn) debt through a special tax on all incomes, to empower parliament to impose ceilings on welfare spending, and to streamline health administration.

    Later in the week the Senate passed a vote of confidence in Mr Juppe, who said that …

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