Addressing Mental Health in France

April 30, 2020

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This section covers information about mental health stigma, access and treatment, and provides recommendations for employers and resources on NGOs/National Campaigns in France."

Over three-fourths of total health expenditure in France is publicly funded, primarily through social health insurance (SHI).24

  • SHI covers all legal residents and is financed by income-based contributions from employers and taxpayers.24
  • SHI partially covers mental health care, including visits with general practitioners and psychiatrists.24
  • Voluntary health insurance (VHI) covers copays and additional costs that aren’t covered by SHI, including psychotherapy and counseling.24

Snapshot of the Health System Landscape

hospital bed

Mental hospital beds: 6.98 per 100,000 population.

Generic hospital psychiatric unit beds: 22.34 per 100,000 population.

government mental health spend as % of total health spend

Government mental health spend as % of total health spend

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National health insurance or reimbursement scheme includes the care and treatment of persons with major mental disorders (defined as psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression)*

health care workers

Total mental health workers: 173.63 per 100,000 population


The majority of persons pay nothing (fully insured) for mental health services at the point of service.

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Government-adopted or national policy for suicide prevention strategy

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