Healthcare in Paris



There’s nothing more worrisome for an expat than getting sick in a country has just moved into. There’s the issue of language barriers, a different system, not knowing where hospitals are; that utter feeling of helplessness.

A quick review of the health care system used in Paris is what you need before you start your new life in the city of lights. 

Healthcare Costs 

The below tables provide prices for most common operations to enable a comparison of hospital billings. You can find below prices per day of standard wards, daily surgery fees, emergency department attendance billing along with average costs for most usual operations like cataract or colonoscopy. All prices are in EUR.

American Hospital of Paris

Citizen Permanent resident Others
Less expensive standard ward
(Price per day)
1,054 1,054 1,054
Most expensive standard (or deluxe) ward
(Price per day)
3,500 3,500 3,500
Number of room
5 5 5
Specialist consultation (first consultation) 150 150 150
Cataract 2,300 2,300 2,300
Colonoscopy 800 800 800
Knee replacement 8,000 8,000 8,000

 Address: 63 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Contact details : +33 1 46 41 25 25


Hopital Lariboisiere

Citizen Permanent resident Others
Less expensive standard ward (Price per day) 47 47 47
Emergency department  attendance 23 23 23

 Address: 2 Rue Ambroise Paré, 75475 Paris Cedex 10, France

Contact details : +33 1 49 95 65 65


All above fees are in EUR


Latest update : September 2016

The Healthcare System 

Any expat would be more than happy to learn that the French health care system is one of the best in the world. It is characterised by high-quality service and accessibility, which are the most important aspects of health care. 

All (European Union) citizens who stay or reside in France are automatically covered by basic health insurance, free of charge. Just make sure that you have your European Health Insurance Card with you for hassle-free availing of medical services. 

Non-EU citizens on the other hand, once they become residents of the country (or Paris in this case), subscribe to France's social security system. Being part of this system automatically gives you basic health coverage. This also automatically provides coverage to your dependents who are under 18, and your spouse for as long as they are not employed. 

This is aptly called universal health coverage, which is compulsory for all residents of the country. Those who are employed contribute about 20% of their payroll. The employer shoulders about 12.8% of the payment made towards health coverage.  

The government spends about 75% of the total health expenditure of its residents, a small portion of which is shouldered by the patients/residents, and the rest by other private insurance companies. 

Subscribers to this universal health care coverage in Paris also have the freedom to choose their doctor or GP (general practitioner) and they can reimburse about 75-80% of their expenses. 

The Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, which manages health and social security services in the city, handles about 37 hospitals and hospital complexes. 

Each arrondissement or neighbourhood in Paris has a facility for mothers and children under six years of age for preventive healthcare and psychosocial support.  

Paris also has eleven free and anonymous HIV screening centres and ten vaccination centres. There is also a tumour prevention and screening centre in the 13th arrondissement that offers free mammography for women aged 50 to 69 years old.  

Most expats have supplemental or international health care insurance on top of their basic coverage through the French health care system.  

To avoid inconvenience in reimbursing with your health care provider, make sure to keep receipts or prescriptions of medical services you have availed of. Make copies of this and keep the originals as well.  

Make sure to also keep a copy of your feuille de soins, a form you had completed when you applied for French social security. You would need this when you make your first reimbursement claim, and claims would usually take two to three weeks. 

In the case of any emergencies, take note of the following numbers: 112 for general numbers, 18 for the fire brigade, and 17 for the police.  

Although you can go to any general practitioner, you can also verify with the hospital or clinic personnel if he is affiliated with the Social Security system. You may check this website for a listing of doctors and medical centres. 

Appointments are best made by phone and should be done at least one to three days in advance. 

Pharmacies are recognised with the sign of a green cross on a white background and are usually open Mondays to Saturdays, from 9 am to 8 pm. 

Medicine may be covered through the basic health insurance coverage and your supplemental coverage so make sure to keep the detachable label (vignette) attached to your purchased meds. You may need to include this with your claim form.  

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