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Public Health Insurance to Have a Spending Growth Cap in 2018

Correspondent: Paul Dourgnon

In France, the government sets a theoretical upper limit for how much public health insurance expenditures can grow each year. For 2018, the cap has been set at 2.3 percent of the previous year's total spending — much lower than the estimated natural growth trend of 4.5 percent. According to these forecasts, the Public Health Insurance Scheme would need to save approximately €4.2 billion in 2018 to meet the 2.3 percent growth cap. To help compensate for impending budget cuts to meet this target, patients’ deductibles for inpatient stays are set to increase by 2 percent. France has set upper spending limits for public health insurance since 1997.

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