The French Health Care System
The French health care system is a model of national health insurance (NHI) that provides health care coverage to all legal residents. It is an example of public social security and private health care financing, combined with a public-private mix in the provision of health care services. The French health care system reflects three underlying political values: liberalism, pluralism and solidarity. This article provides a brief overview of how French NHI evolved since World War II; its financing health care organization and coverage; and most importantly, its overall performance.