French parliament to control health costs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:527
  1. Alexander Dorozynski

    A constitutional amendment adopted last week authorises the French parliament to impose limits on health spending in an attempt to reduce growing public deficits. So far the 50 year old social security system, which has debts of Fr250bn (pounds sterling32bn), has always had its spending controlled by representatives of trade unions, employers' associations, and the system's own administration.

    The amendment was voted 681 to 166 by a special joint congress of the …

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