Medical issues to take care of before you go on séjour:
- Contact your insurance company and review your benefits information with regard to out-of-network or out-of-country expenses.
- You might consider Travel/Medical/Evacuation Insurance. SquareMouth.com does a good job comparing quotes and coverage from various companies.
- See your family doctor(s): 1) Get a check up and a clean bill of health 2) Obtain copies of your children’s vaccine/medical records 3) Get extensions/advances on all prescriptions and 4) Write down any critical medical issues on a piece of paper and keep them in your wallet. If your child has allergies, it might be a good idea to translate those and keep them handy.
If you need health care in France:
- Pharmacies – Pharmacists in France are able to diagnose and treat some illnesses. If you need further medical care, they can call someone for you. If the pharmacy is closed, they will usually post a sign indicating a nearby open pharmacy.
- Hospitals and doctors – It may give you peace of mind to identify the closest hospital and doctor’s office to your séjour home. You will need to pay your bill out-of-pocket and then contact your insurance company for potential reimbursement. Costs aren’t nearly as high as they are here in the US.
- SOS Médecins – This organization is made up of on-call doctors who will come to your home, apartment or hotel room. Although it sounds extraordinarily expensive, it is not. Dial 3624
Emergency medical care:
- SAMU – for an ambulance or emergency medical care. Dial 15
- Les Pompiers – fire fighters, can also provide medical assistance. Dial 18
- EU-Wide Emergency number – Dial 112