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Hello all,

I am living in Paris on a student visa. I have been here since January 2011.

While in Paris, I learned my mother was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. It is not super serious if treated and it is hard to transmit -- my brother and father got tested and they do not have it. The chances that I have it are near 0%, but I would like to get a blood test soon for peace of mind. However, I am not so savvy as to where to go in Paris for a blood test.

I am already registered with La Sécu, so I could find a doctor here in Paris for a simple blood test... or I have seen some blood test centers in Paris by searching Google for "Paris analyse de sang". I speak some French and have some French friends that can help, language is not a problem.

My friend recommended me to go to the American Hospital, he tells me the treatment is better and it's less of a hassle than the French system, they'll take my American insurance there, etc...

Does anyone have experience with the American Hospital? Do you prefer it to seeing French doctors? Can anyone recommend a blood test center or a doctor?

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Michael

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My friend recommended me to go to the American Hospital, he tells me the treatment is better and it's less of a hassle than the French system, they'll take my American insurance there, etc...

Does anyone have experience with the American Hospital? Do you prefer it to seeing French doctors?

Thank you,
Michael
While I don't have personal experiennce with the American Hospital, I've read that you have to pay up front and it is not worth the money. There are plenty of French doctors who speak English and the treatment would be just as good.

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I've been to the American Hospital a few times. They are a "private" hospital and they charge quite a bit more than the standard chart of fees that the Sécu uses for reimbursement. But if your American insurance will cover it, it's definitely the place to go.

In the French system, however, you'll need to go see a regular doctor (what we'd call a GP in the US) to get a prescription for the blood test. That should cost you 22€, though I'm told many of the doctors in Paris are non-agréé these days and charge more. Not sure what CarolineM's experience has been, but unless you have a chronic illness and are on the sécu's program for that, you'll have to pay the doctor up front and then get your reimbursement no matter where you go. Just explain to the doctor why you need the test done. (It's weird, but doctors don't do their own tests here. They just write prescriptions for them.)

Once you have the prescription for the test, you go to a medical lab (there are loads of them in Paris) and have the blood drawn and the test run. You pay for the lab test and then submit the receipts to your insurance for reimbursement. Nice thing is that you pick up your own lab results and see exactly how the test turned out. They usually give you two copies of the results, and you're supposed to go back to the doctor to give him/her their copy if the lab doesn't automatically send it to the doctor who prescribed the test.
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Hi all,

I just wanted to respond with how the process went. (I do not have Hepatitis, good news).

I set up an appointment at the American hospital a week in advance, but the lady on the phone told me I would probably have to pay 140 euros up front. Perhaps my American insurance would have reimbursed all of that eventually, but I didn't want to deal with it because that's too much money up front. So I went the French doctor route.

Usually you have to find a general doctor, un generaliste, and meet with him just to have him write you a prescription - that meeting could run you between 20 - 30 euros (can't say if la sécu would reimburse part or all of that and how much effort that would take). I bypassed this step because I have a connection in France, my French girlfriend's sister-in-law is a doctor and she wrote me a prescription on a little note paper and handed it to me without charging me anything.

Then you find any random laboratoire, it seems every neighborhood in Paris has at least a few of them. The one I went to, Laboratoire Berthemy in the 17e arrondisement was surprisingly efficient, quick, and friendly. I set up an appointment a few days in advance, I went in for my rendez-vous and it took under 20 minutes to get in and out. I didn't have to fill out any paperwork really, just present my La Sécu information. And they never asked to paid... I hear it's usually between 20 or 30 euros. La Sécu has my bank information so I wonder if they will raid my account one day, but I've yet to see any charges. I lucked out, it wasn't a bad process at all!

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And they never asked to paid... I hear it's usually between 20 or 30 euros. La Sécu has my bank information so I wonder if they will raid my account one day, but I've yet to see any charges. I lucked out, it wasn't a bad process at all!
do you remember if they asked you for your "carte vitale" and then they processed it on what looks like a little credit card transaction machine?

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