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A Comparison Of The Role Of The Employer In The French And U.S. Health Care Systems, Kathryn L. Moore Apr 2013

A Comparison Of The Role Of The Employer In The French And U.S. Health Care Systems, Kathryn L. Moore

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The United States is unique among developed nations in its heavy reliance on employment-based health insurance. The United States, however, is not the only nation in which employers play an important role in the financing of health care. Indeed, long before employment-based health insurance became common in the United States, countries with social insurance systems, such as France, Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, provided for the delivery of mandatory social insurance benefits, including health insurance, through the workplace.

This article explores the role of the employer in the health care system in one such country: France. The French health …