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Hospitals in France

Tuesday 04 August 2009

What are the admission and charging policies of French hospitals, and where are the best and the worst hospitals in France?

For a country that has one of the most centralised forms of government in the world, there is a surprising lack of uniformity on the provision of hospital services in France.

Public hospitals sit alongside private clinics, with patients free to choose between either of them, and with most charges picked up by the French Health Care.

While there is greater discretion to the private clinics to set their own charges, they are not always in excess of those you find in the public hospitals.

There is also significant competition between the hospitals to obtain a respectable position in the league table of performance, with league tables prepared and published each year.

You can read more in our updated Guide to French Hospitals.

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