Outpatient care and care without accommodation


This includes:

  • Outpatient care: consultations, minor surgery, medical imaging and biological analysis conducted on an outpatient basis at public and private hospitals
  • Ambulatory care or care without accommodation: a limited number of surgical and diagnostic procedures specified on a list and carried out with or without anaesthetic, requiring some observation or recovery time but not full accommodation (length of hospital stay is less than 24 hours) 
  • Admission to hospital for a day during which medical procedures, check-ups, and treatments not requiring a longer hospital stay are carried out (length of hospital stay is less than 24 hours) 
  • Treatment provided by accident and emergency departments in hospitals and not requiring a hospital stay of more than 24 hours 
  • Home hospital care: a hospital service which provides an alternative to full hospitalisation. Home hospital care provides a way of managing patients requiring ongoing care and medical observation 
  • Home care: a service which allows elderly people who need nursing and personal care to remain in their homes


Outpatient care provided in the public hospital sector uses the third-party payment system, i.e. patients do not have to pay the full medical costs upfront and are responsible only for the ticket modérateur (patient contribution), where 80% of costs are covered.

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