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Healthcare in France– Best in the world

 

The French healthcare system is generally recognised as offering the best, or one of the best, services of public healthcare in the world.

The European Economic Area (EEA) is a free trade zone between countries of the European Union (EU) including France, and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

The regula...

Healthcare in France– Best in the world

 

The French healthcare system is generally recognised as offering the best, or one of the best, services of public healthcare in the world.

The European Economic Area (EEA) is a free trade zone between countries of the European Union (EU) including France, and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

The regulations on access to healthcare in the EEA also apply in Switzerland.

Prior to travelling to France, it is highly recommended to get the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You and your family members can apply for it here.

 

Advantages of having the EHIC while on holiday in France

 

The EHIC will let you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free.

It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth. Note: Your EHIC does not cover private treatment, so make sure you are treated by a state healthcare provider in France (in French: conventionné). It is an equivalent of NHS doctor /GP).

 

Note: the following European countries neighbouring France such as Monaco and farther San Marino do not accept the EHIC. Ensure you have adequate insurance before you travel.

 

In any case, must pay the practitioner (doctor or dentist) directly. They will then fill out a treatment form (in French : la feuille de soins) and a prescription if necessary. The treatment form is necessary to claim any refunds in France. You can claim back around 70% of the standard treatment cost.

 

Advice: Remember to keep all receipts and any paperwork (make copies if necessary) as they might be needed by you or your insurance company to apply for any refund or reimbursement.

 

You can search for health professionals for the area you are staying in via the l’Assurance Maladie website (information in French only).

 

 

What emergency number to dial should emergency arise while on holiday in France

 

In an emergency when travelling or on holiday in France dial 112 ( to read more about emergency numbers in France click here ). This is the European emergency number that is valid in all EU/ EEA member states and is free of charge. You can use it to reach emergency services such as ambulance or police from any telephone or mobile phone free of charge.

 

Remember: If you intend to move to France or are going to France specifically to have treatment different rules may apply (e.g. moving to France or planning medical treatment in France).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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