accounting-free zones

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by saimon1969, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. saimon1969 Senior Member

    Bonjour à tous,

    Je bute sur cette expression. Il s'agit d'un texte qui parle de la situation économique désastreuse de la Grèce. Voici l'extrait :

    "the country’s 150 public hospitals are accounting-free zones, which has contributed to spiralling healthcare costs"

    Est-ce qu'il s'agit d'hôpitaux "totalement gratuits" ??? Merci d'avance...
  2. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    It means they do not perform any financial accounting. As a result, they do not know their costs. This is one cause of increasing health care costs.

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