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France abandons fines to control health costs

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:76
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    A key plank in the French government's plans to control health costs-the introduction of collective fines for doctors spending more than their allocated budgets-has been halted after being judged unconstitutional.

    The Conseil Constitutionnel, the body ruling on the constitutionality of parliamentary procedures and legislation in France, has judged that a planned system of collective fines for doctors if their health spending exceeds the annual amount budgeted by parliament …

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