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French plan to bail out social security system

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7111.763a (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:763
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    The French government has introduced sweeping reforms to rescue the ailing social security system and its national health insurance plan.

    The new proposal is for middle and upper income families to pay higher contributions to the system and for additional revenue to be generated by taxing savings accounts, life insurance, and capital gains.

    At present contributions are based on salaries, with employees' contributions set at 5.5% of gross salary; …

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