After a long and arduous fight, French politicians have approved a law abolishing patients’ upfront payments to physicians, which was a promise of President François Hollande’s Socialist Party.
Currently, patients usually pay about £23 ($25) when they see a general practitioner. However, some of this fee is reimbursed by the national health scheme or private supplemental insurance. I suppose the closest comparison to the United States would be Medicare and Medicare supplemental (Medigap) insurance.
The Socialist Party promised eliminating this co-pay would increase access to care. Remarkably, it is doctors who resisted.
Read the entire entry at the Independent Institute's Beacon blog.