Before going to France, you should apply to any main Post Office for an E11 form which gives you cover for emergency medical treatment. As soon as you take up a job or have had a state pension transferred (contact D.S.S. for more information), you need to be registered with the French Social Security. If you are retiring, please see Retirement/Transfer of pension.
NB: There are specific regulations for registration with the social security if you work in France:
For less than 12 months for an employer based in the UK As self-employed And members of your family have their residence in the UK
And in any other member state at the same time.
Please contact D.S.S. - Overseas Branch
EU Office Longbenton
Newcastle upon Tyne NE98 1YX
tel: 0191 213 5000
1/ Make sure any doctor or dentist you consult is "conventionné" e.g. works with the French sickness insurance scheme. The local Caisse de Sécurité Sociale keeps a list of the doctors who charge the official social security rate. You should apply for reimbursement of your expenses to your local Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM).
2/ If you are given a prescription, take the "vignettes" (detachable stamps) off the medicine containers, stick them on the "feuille de soins" and send this along with the prescription to your local CPAM to apply for a refund.
3/ French social security cover for medical treatment is only partial and it may therefore be wise to take out insurance to cover excess charges you will incur should you need treatment. ("mutuelle" ou "complémentaire maladie" - contact insurance companies for subscription).
4/ Hospital treatment: If you get treatment in an approved hospital then the Caisse de Sécurité Sociale will pay direct 80% or more of the costs to the hospital. You are liable for the balance and the fixed daily hospital charge (forfait journalier).
For further information on sickness benefits and maternity benefits, please contact the D.S.S., EC Section (see address above).
(Datas provided by the Consulat Général de France, London)