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French government seizes purse strings

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1119
  1. Alexander Dorozynski

    Despite strikes and demonstrations by doctors the French National Assembly last week adopted a bill that will give the government control over health spending. The bill—still to be approved by the Senate—gives parliament the authority to determine the ceiling of health costs from year to year.

    It provides for penalties against doctors who prescribe in excess of …

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