15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in France
Last updated on Feb 21, 2023
Summary: The quality of medical care in France is generally considered to be very high. France has a universal healthcare system that provides access to medical care for all citizens, and the country is known for its excellent doctors and hospitals. Emergency services in France are also very reliable and efficient. In the event of an emergency, you can call the national emergency number, 112, to request an ambulance.
How are healthcare services France?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in France, they replied:
"Record keeping is your responsibility and you can't do it all online. Doctors don't keep a health file for you. Top-up supplemental insurance is needed to completely cover costs," commented one expat living in Bordeaux, France.
"It's a small town, so most doctors don't use English much. If you must communicate in English, it would help to research some of the necessary terminology beforehand (perhaps write your questions in French)," wrote one expat.
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About the Author
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.
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