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Hey all,

This is perhaps a fairly esoteric question, but my google-fu seems to be failing me, so I thought I'd try the lovely people on this forum. :)

I wanted to get a copper IUD inserted before leaving for France, but then it occurred to me that perhaps it might actually be cheaper to get it once I am in France. With my health insurance in the US, I have to pay a $200 deductible. However, considering my deductible with the travel medical insurance is $250, I'm left wondering if it could end up being more or less expensive in France. I think I read somewhere that it only cost somewhere around 60€ to get one inserted in France, but of course that was someone who has French health care coverage.

Does anyone know anything about this or could someone point me in the right direction? All things considered, $200 isn't bad for birth control that lasts up to 10 years, but if I can get away with paying even less, well that would be peachy. :)

Oh, I don't know if I should mention this, but I am going to be in Toulouse for my first month, but after that I am moving to a fairly small town. Having to communicate in the French language isn't really an issue for me - I've lived in France as a student for a couple years previously and have worked as a French teacher here in the US.
 

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hmm, not sure how much it costs to be put in, but I did find some info about it:

Le DIU est prescrit et posé par un médecin. Il est délivré en pharmacie.
Coût d'un DIU au cuivre: 30,50 €
Coût d'un DIU hormonal: 125 €
Choisir sa contraception

This only seems to be the price of the IUD itself, the full price though, without deductions by health insurance, which is pretty good. You might have better luck than me finding the cost of placing a 'DIU'.
 

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hmm, not sure how much it costs to be put in, but I did find some info about it:

Le DIU est prescrit et posé par un médecin. Il est délivré en pharmacie.
Coût d'un DIU au cuivre: 30,50 €
Coût d'un DIU hormonal: 125 €

This only seems to be the price of the IUD itself, the full price though, without deductions by health insurance, which is pretty good. You might have better luck than me finding the cost of placing a 'DIU'.
Oh wow. Considering the cost of the IUD itself in the US is $800 or something like that, that is super reasonable. Which is why I was thinking maybe it could be even cheaper to just get it in France. My fiancé was going to ask around about how much it cost others to get it placed, but of course, the people he knows don't have the same insurance issues as me. I think it was on that site where I saw someone say it cost 57€ to get it placed, but I don't know if that was with or without insurance, and if I remember correctly, I think they said it cost differently according to where you are. Knowing the IUD itself though is that cheap is good to know, thanks!
 

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I found some information on the forum doctissimo, but the problem is that most of the forum messages about the "DIU" are pretty old - like 5 or so years old. It looks like from there that it could maybe cost less than 100€ as someone said:

"Pour mon cas :
- 28 euros pour la pré-visite
- 38 euros pour la pose
- 27 euros pour le stérilet"

(apparently I can't post the URL yet since this post will officially be my 4th, sigh)

But of course with "la sécu" most people have just responded that everything gets reimbursed. If only I could get on that right away!
 

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I doubt it would be very expensive but you might just have to wait until you're there to get a 'quote' from a doctor.
 

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If what you have is travel medical insurance, they may not pay at all for something "mundane" like an IUD. Normally "travel" policies only pay for emergency or "urgent" care and treatment.

If you're just looking to pay for it yourself, it may take a couple of gyne appointments, not just one. (Depends on the gyne how extensive a work-up they will require.) And the popular name for IUDs here is "sterilet" if it helps with your further search attempts.
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If what you have is travel medical insurance, they may not pay at all for something "mundane" like an IUD. Normally "travel" policies only pay for emergency or "urgent" care and treatment.

If you're just looking to pay for it yourself, it may take a couple of gyne appointments, not just one. (Depends on the gyne how extensive a work-up they will require.) And the popular name for IUDs here is "sterilet" if it helps with your further search attempts.
Cheers,
Bev
Yeah, I was considering that may be the case as well (that the insurance wouldn't cover it at all). From what I read, it sounded like the process was very similar to here - where you have to make an appointment with the gynecologist to discuss it, then make a second appointment to actually have the IUD inserted. Since for the French, 60-100% of the costs seem to be covered by their insurance, no one seems very concerned about the cost.
 

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Yeah, I was considering that may be the case as well (that the insurance wouldn't cover it at all). From what I read, it sounded like the process was very similar to here - where you have to make an appointment with the gynecologist to discuss it, then make a second appointment to actually have the IUD inserted. Since for the French, 60-100% of the costs seem to be covered by their insurance, no one seems very concerned about the cost.
I was trying to find the list of sécu reimbursements online (used to be easy to find - but lately I haven't been able to locate it). That would at least give you an idea what you were likely to be charged.

I have heard that in some areas, "most" doctors (especially "specialists" like gynes) charge well above the Sécu's reference fees. So far, where I live, it hasn't been an issue. But the fee schedule hasn't been updated in years, and the doctors are looking to charge more if they can.
Cheers,
Bev
 

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I was trying to find the list of sécu reimbursements online (used to be easy to find - but lately I haven't been able to locate it). That would at least give you an idea what you were likely to be charged.

I have heard that in some areas, "most" doctors (especially "specialists" like gynes) charge well above the Sécu's reference fees. So far, where I live, it hasn't been an issue. But the fee schedule hasn't been updated in years, and the doctors are looking to charge more if they can.
Cheers,
Bev
From all the stuff I've read, I think it may end up being somewhere between 100-150€, which if that's the case, I think I may as well get it done here, since there's not a huge price difference. Oh well. But thank you, I really appreciate the help nonetheless.
 
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