7.5% of health expenditure remained the responsibility of households in 2017
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7.5% of health expenditure remained the responsibility of households in 2017


The results of the 2017 health accounts have just been published by the Department of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (Drees).

The consumption of healthcare and medical goods in France amounts to 2,977 euros per inhabitant, or a total of 199.3 billion euros in 2017. This represents 8.7% of GDP. These health expenses are on the rise, but moderately (+ 1.3% compared to 2016): this is the smallest increase recorded for 10 years.

The hospital care (92.8 billion) represent the most important item of expenditure (46.6%). Then come the city ​​care (53.4 billion euros), drugs dispensed in town (15.5 billion euros) and other medical goods (medical transport, optics, etc.) (5 billion euros).

It remains to be seen who pays for these health expenses.

  • The Social Security in finance 77.8%.
  • Complementary organizations (mutuals, insurance companies, etc.) contribute 13.2%.
  • 7.5% remain the responsibility of households.
  • Finally, 1.5% is supported by the State. These are benefits paid to war invalids, urgent care, as well as medical aid from the State and basic organizations for the care of holders of health cover.
  • complementary universal (CMU-C).

About the portion remaining payable by households after government intervention and public and private insurance, it is the lowest recorded in an OECD country (16% on average in other countries). The highest out-of-pocket payments are reached in the Member States which joined the EU since 2004 (22% on average) and in Switzerland (30%).

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