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Enrolling in the Public Healthcare System in Martinique

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: A primer on how to enroll in the public healthcare system in Martinique.

If you're planning to enroll in the public healthcare system in Martinique, this article covers the requirements for foreigners to be able enroll in the public healthcare system, the steps involved and more.

Martinique, a French overseas territory located in the Caribbean, offers a public healthcare system that is largely based on the French model. The system is known as Assurance Maladie, and it is renowned for its high quality of care. The World Health Organization has consistently ranked France's healthcare system as one of the best in the world, and Martinique, as a part of France, benefits from this system.

Assurance Maladie is not free, but it is heavily subsidized by the government. The cost of healthcare services is typically covered up to 70%, with the remaining 30% being the responsibility of the patient. However, for serious or long-term illnesses, the coverage can be up to 100%. It is mandatory for all residents in Martinique, including foreigners who have been legally residing in the country for more than three months. Most people in Martinique use this system, although some also opt for additional private health insurance to cover the costs not covered by Assurance Maladie.

Eligibility for Foreigners

Foreigners are eligible to enroll in the public healthcare system in Martinique if they have been legally residing in the country for more than three months. They must also be employed or be the dependent of someone who is employed. Unemployed foreigners may also be eligible if they have been residing in Martinique for more than five years.

Steps for Enrolling in the Public Healthcare System

  1. Obtain a social security number: This is the first step in the process. You can apply for a social security number at the local office of the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM).
  2. Complete the application form: You will need to complete the application form for Assurance Maladie. This form can be obtained from the CPAM office or downloaded from their website.
  3. Submit the necessary documents: Along with the completed application form, you will need to submit several documents. These include a copy of your passport, proof of residence in Martinique (such as a utility bill or rental agreement), proof of income, and a birth certificate.
  4. Wait for approval: Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the CPAM. If approved, you will receive a health insurance card known as a Carte Vitale. This card will need to be presented whenever you seek medical care.

It's important to note that the process of enrolling in the public healthcare system in Martinique can take several weeks or even months. Therefore, it's recommended that foreigners have private health insurance to cover any medical needs during this period.

While the public healthcare system in Martinique is of high quality, some foreigners choose to have additional private health insurance. This is particularly the case for those who want coverage for medical services not covered by Assurance Maladie, such as certain dental and eye care services, or for those who want to be able to access private healthcare facilities.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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