The French Mental Health System

Gittelman, Martin
December 2009
International Journal of Mental Health;Winter2009/2010, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
This article provides an overview of the French mental health system. Unlike the U.S. mental health-care system, which is characterized by high costs, commercialism, and a provider system clearly divided along socioeconomic lines, France's mental health system provides cost-effective universal health and social insurance. The article outlines the development of mental health care in France as well as the implementation of sector system approach to health care, which is suggested as a model for reform of the U.S. mental health system.


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