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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Epinal, France

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 21, 2023

Summary: There are several hospitals and clinics in Epinal, France, including the Centre Hospitalier d'Epinal, the Clinique de l'Est, and the Clinique du Parc. Emergency services in Epinal are provided by the Centre Hospitalier d'Epinal, and an ambulance can be called by dialing 15. The quality of medical care in Epinal is generally considered to be of a high standard, and is comparable to the medical care available in the United States.

How are healthcare services Epinal?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Epinal, they replied:

"Epinal provides a range of healthcare services including an extensive network of local clinics and doctors, as well as several large hospitals that specialize in specific areas of medicine. There are several primary care practices providing general family health services, and a range of specialists based in the city and the surrounding area. These services include both acute care and preventative health screenings, as well as disease management and follow-up care. Furthermore, many of the other facilities in the region provide additional services such as mental health counseling, women's health services, and home-care services. Epinal also provides emergency medical services and access to specialized medical centers for those experiencing life-threatening or rare medical conditions. In addition, there are several pharmacies in town providing over-the-counter medication and other medical supplies," said an expat in Epinal.

"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)," commented one expat living in Epinal, France.

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What are medical services in Epinal like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Epinal, they replied:

"Epinal offers a wide range of medical services from primary care to specialty care. There are numerous general practitioners, family doctors, pediatricians and dentists in the city who provide healthcare services in both the public and private sectors. In addition, there are several private clinics, homeopaths, and pharmacies in Epinal that offer comprehensive medical services. The city is also home to several hospitals, such as the Centre Hospitalier d'Epinal, which provides a range of services from general medicine to surgery and rehabilitation. The region is also well-served by specialist services such as cardiology and lung disease treatment. Furthermore, Epinal is close to a number of large towns that offer medical services such as medical imaging, laboratory tests, and physiotherapy," wrote one expat.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Epinal?

"Healthcare and health insurance in Epinal can be expensive, but there are some cheaper options available. Many doctors and hospitals accept the French Healthcare System, which provides low to no-cost services for France residents. Additionally, some people may find health insurance through their employers or through private providers that offer more comprehensive coverage. Overall, healthcare can be expensive in Epinal, but with a little research, there is an opportunity to get quality service at an affordable price," commented one expat living in Epinal, France.

"Very affordable, even before I was on the healthcare system I paid less than 100 euros for full x-rays and a cast for a broken wrist. With healthcare, it's simply covered thanks to higher taxes," wrote one expat.

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What are emergency services like in Epinal?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Epinal wrote:

"Epinal offers emergency services including ambulance, fire and police services. In case of an emergency, you can call the national emergency number by dialing 15 from any phone. The ambulance services are fast and efficient and have been known to arrive within minutes. Additionally, Epinal has several hospitals, such as the regional hospital Centre Hospitalier d’Epinal and Clinique Victorine, where medical emergencies can be treated quickly and with professional care," wrote an expat living in Epinal.

"~2 km (other side of town) Hospital Center Emile Durkheim Emergency services great -- doctors speak English but with some hesitance. I went with a broken wrist and received thorough treatment with x-rays and a cast, all taking just a couple hours. If you indicate you speak French, they'll speak very quickly. But they do explain in simple English if needed. Public hospital," said an expat in Epinal.

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Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

"Yes, Epinal has a good selection of medical specialists. People usually go to the hopital regional in Epinal or the Centre Hospitalier Regional near GĂ©rardmer for highly specialized medical care. There are several doctors and specialists available in this area to provide a wide range of services. People can also visit other nearby hospitals such as Nancy University Hospital or Reims University Hospital for more complex and specialized treatments," mentioned one expat in Epinal.

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Are common prescription medications available in Epinal?

"Yes, common prescription medications are available in Epinal. A wide variety of pharmaceuticals, both over-the-counter and from a doctor's prescription, can be found at local pharmacies. Some of the medications available in Epinal include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, and birth control. The staff at the pharmacies are knowledgeable and can help guide customers through the selection process," wrote an expat living in Epinal.

"Yes - tons of pharmacies in town, including at least one open on Sunday. I don't have any prescriptions but my husband gets costs like glasses and contacts and shoe inserts covered through the government health insurance system," said an expat in Epinal.

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Do you have anything more to add about local medical facilities in Epinal?

"Epinal is home to several quality medical facilities that are equipped to provide exceptional medical care. The facilities are staffed by knowledgeable and friendly healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing quality care to the citizens of Epinal. The town also has a variety of public and private health services for those seeking medical care, such as pharmacies, general practitioners, and specialists. Furthermore, Epinal is close to major hospitals in the nearby cities of Nancy and Metz, providing access to a higher level of medical care if needed. Overall, medical facilities and care in Epinal are of a high standard," mentioned one expat in Epinal.

"The hospital is on the edge of town but accessible by bus. Good quality care and the doctors speak English. The hospital is public and very affordable even without French health care," commented one expat who moved to Epinal, France.

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As a foreigner living in Epinal, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Epinal, you will have access to public healthcare. France is known for its excellent public healthcare system, which gives all permanent residents access to quality healthcare. Treatment is provided free of charge, or for a nominal fee, at public healthcare centers. These centers are well-equipped and staffed with highly-qualified medical personnel. Also, French citizens are covered by a comprehensive national health insurance system. As a foreigner living in Epinal, France, you will have access to public healthcare and will experience the same high standard of quality care as French citizens," said an expat in Epinal.

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What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?

We asked expats in Epinal if they have access to public healthcare in Epinal. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across France, my experience with the local healthcare system in Epinal has been mostly positive. The system was relatively well-prepared to handle the surge in demand for healthcare services due to COVID-19, and they have implemented numerous measures to protect both patients and healthcare staff. As such, I have felt safe and comfortable going to the hospital or doctor whenever I have needed to. Additionally, the healthcare system has been incredibly responsive to my needs, providing prompt and attentive care. Furthermore, my experience with the communication between the healthcare provider and me has been excellent, as I have experienced timely updates on my diagnosis and treatments. Overall, my experiences with the healthcare system in Epinal throughout the pandemic have been very positive," wrote one expat.

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What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Epinal?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Epinal about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"Expectant parents in Epinal should look into the medical care available, such as the maternity wards, midwife services, and prenatal care at the local hospitals. Additionally, they should be aware of their rights and entitlements as parents, such as maternity and paternity leave, parental leave, and any financial benefits they may be able to claim. It is also important to find a good and reliable doctor or midwife who can provide comprehensive prenatal care. Finally, it is advisable to make connections with other expat parents who have had babies in Epinal, as they can provide invaluable advice and insight on local services and navigating the culture," said one expat in Epinal, France.

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Are healthcare services good in Epinal?

We asked people if they have access to good medical care in Epinal. They wrote:

"Epinal offers a wide range of medical services, including both public and private care, as well as specialized medical care. The public sector of the city provides services such as general practice, hospitalization, and emergency services, as well as uninsured services for those who qualify. In addition, the city boasts several specialized centers for illnesses such as cancer and cardiac care, as well as physical therapy centers, eye care centers, and a radiation therapy center. Private healthcare services are also available, ranging from health insurance plans to specialized services from cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists. Moreover, for individuals in need of mental health support, Epinal, France offers both public and private mental health counseling services," remarked one expat in Epinal, France.

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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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