Health financing for universal coverage

Financial burden of health payments in France: 1995 – 2006

Discussion Paper 06/2010

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 38
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English



The objective of this paper is to study the financial burden of health payments and their determinants in France applying a catastrophic health expenditure methodology (i.e. health payments that equal or exceed a threshold of household’s capacity to pay). An analysis of the progressivity of health insurance contributions and out-of-pocket payments is also carried out using progressivity indexes.