A diversified and well-framed development

Between 2005 and 2009, the number of HCH establishments in France doubled.  This considerable development was encouraged by the lifting of various existing restrictions.

Furthermore, the existence of HCH was made obligatory at a regional organisational level, serving to show the importance placed in this form of healthcare by health authorities.

Finally, HCH establishments are not subject to quantitative achievements regarding their activity.  Once they have received an authorization to begin their activity by the regional healthcare authorities (Agences Régionales de Santé) they are free to expand their activity within a given territory and in full respect of their established perimeter.

HCH entities can have differing statutes: public, private healthcare establishments with collective interest, private associative, private lucrative in association with a healthcare establishment providing hospital beds and stays, or independent.

All HCH establishments in France, whatever their statutes, have to comply with the same obligatory regulations and benefit from the same financing.