CLEISSA useful link to the English
version of the French Social Security
Useful Web Site Address's
Health care is one of the first things that people moving to France will want
to look into and registering for the state health service "Caisse Primaire
d'Assurance Maladie" ( CPAM ) should be a priority .
The first thing to do is to apply for a S1 form from the Department for Work
and Pensions, the details as follows:
The Pension Service,
International Pension Centre,
telephone 0191 21 87777.
You will need to apply just before moving abroad, the form will be sent direct
to your new address in France.
You can register with any doctor of your choice.Both you and the Doctor have
to fill in a form ( Cerfa form No 12485*01 Déclaration de Choix du Médecin
Traitant ) online form available in website column
You will then need to take both of these to the local CPAM office ( address
can be found from the Marie's office ) along with a lot of paperwork as
Proof of address ( Utility bills )
RIB ( This is the slip at the bottom of your French bank account showing the
account number etc )
Passport type photos
They will send this away and in a few weeks you should get confirmation in
the form of a "Attestation de droits", this is an important document and will
be needed for all postal communications. A few weeks later again you should
then receive your Carte Vitale
All information on this page is based on our
The Carte Vitale should be shown whenever you visit a
Doctor, Pharmacy or hospital you will then get a refund
direct to your bank of approximately 70% in a few days.
The Standard charge for visiting a doctor is 23 euros
which will have to be paid at the time there is a standard
deduction of 1 euro which is not reimbursed and also a
50c per item for drugs so for example a visit to the
doctors and a prescription for 2 different drugs would
mean a refund to your bank of 14.10 euros.
It is advisable to take "Top up" insurance to cover the
difference but more importantly to cover things that may
be expensive for example hospital visits.
It should be noted that treatment for "Life threatening"
ailments ( cancer, heart attack etc ) are covered 100%
Pharmacies are normally open from Monday to Saturday
from 08:30 to12.00 and 14.00 to19:30.
If you do telephone for emergency medical help It is quite
normal for the response to be from the fire brigade
( Sapeurs Pompiers ) who are fully trained and equipped
to deal with medical situations.
Useful Telephone Numbers
112 National emergency number
for all services 15 Medical help 17 Police 18 Fire & Accident
It now appears that a law requiring birth and marriage
cerfificates is being enforced. This means that you will
have to have them translated into French by a certified
translator. While I did not need it myself some friends
who have recently moved here did.
If it is of help they used a David M Bickerton
who they were very pleased with.