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Report criticises French hospitals

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1257
  1. A Dorozynski

    The French system of public hospitals has been accused of being riddled with financial irregularities, poorly administered, and ill adapted to the health needs of the population. The attack comes in the annual report of the Inspectorate General of Social Affairs (IGSA), which claims that public hospitals tend to prolong admissions to get more money and that staff numbers are often increased beyond what is necessary.

    The report also finds that hospital doctors, who are authorised to see a limited number of patients in public hospitals, sometimes take advantage of that privilege to the extent that the share …

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