France: Medical tourism profile
French healthcare is often extolled as one of world’s best. Most doctors are in private practice but draw their income from the public insurance funds. There are public hospitals non-profit independent hospitals linked to the public system and private hospitals.
Medical tourism numbers in
20,000 is a local estimate.
Medical tourism numbers out
According to 2019 EU reports, the number of medical tourists (ONLY those under the EU Cross-Border Healthcare rules) was 146,054 in 2016 and 130,700 in 2017. Adding private patients, dental care and cosmetic surgery could bring the total to 200,000, but there are no actual figures.
Medical tourism promotion
State plans to promote medical tourism have been cancelled by the current government, but may be reviewed in the future.
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