French government tackles diagnosis-related group proposals:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The French government is developing proposals to reimburse medical procedures in both state and private hospitals and clinics according to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). This system, which will be introduced in 2003 or 2004 at the earliest, would replace the current daily charge that applies in private hospitals by a budget that reflects the procedures performed, including specialists' costs, personnel and material costs. It would make reimbursement uniform in both the private and public sectors so that comparisons can be made more easily between the two.
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