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France Launches Efforts to Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs for Dental, Vision Care, and Hearing Aids

Country Correspondent: Paul Dourgnon

The so-called “reste à charge zero” or “zero out-of-pocket cost” campaign for dental and vision care and hearing aids was one of President Emmanuel Macron’s main health policy campaign promises. The French Ministry of Health has now launched a strategy to deliver on this promise. Currently, most of these services remain poorly reimbursed or not at all reimbursed by public statutory health insurance. Instead, coverage is left largely to supplemental insurance plans, which cover 95 percent of the population. Efforts will concentrate first on dental care through negotiations with providers to lower the prices for basic dental services and by negotiating changes to benefits and quality contracts with private insurers to provide better coverage of basic dental services.

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