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Hi folks. I am in France (Nancy) on a visitor visa and would love to go to the doctor & dentist. I am finishing up the OFII process next week so as of now I have no residence card or anything. As part of my visa process I have travel insurance, but it's basically just for emergencies.

My questions:
1. I've heard you can still go to the doctor/dentist if you're uninsured but do you need your residence card or other documents?

2. Any advice for me?

Thank you!
 

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I am willing and able to pay, I just don't know if it's significantly more without proper insurance or even a residence card, and what the process is. Going to the doctor without insurance in the States would be an absolute last resort, I've heard it's doable here but I am unclear on the details.
 

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Yes, you can go to the doctor and pay (in any case, the French health system is a reimbursement system). (I'm assuming you're on a relatively short trip and that's why you got your visa on the basis of travel insurance only.)
 

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I am living here for one year and I got the insurance required by my visitor visa, but it's not comprehensive so I still need to pay out of pocket.

Does getting reimbursed rely on having the residence card? I've heard it's like 23-35 euros, is that the case across the board for general Dr, dentist, specialty, etc?
 

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Basic doctor visits are 23 euro. 35 euro is a tier one specialist. Find a doctor or dentist, tell them what you need done and they will tell you the fee. It is standardized and for most cases you pay everything upfront. Those who are enrolled in French system and have a top up Mutuelle get reimbursed after the fact (for the most part).

Before my son and I were on my husbands account, we both had doctor visits and we just paid out of pocket. No big deal.
 

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Last year, in Nice, I needed to go to a dentist in a hurry. I had a partial root canal done (here are the xrays, take them to your own dentist to have the repair finished off). Without being in the health system at all, it cost me only €40.

If you need to go to a dentist or doctor, just go.
 

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As Bellthorpe says, just go. You've got the standard rates for a doctor visit. Even if you have coverage under the French system, you pay first and get reimbursed later. (Unlike the US, you pay the whole fee, not a "co-pay.")

The doctor should give you a feuille de soin since you don't have a Carte Vitale. If you need tests or a prescription, the process is the same - pay what they ask you to do and get a feuille de soin.

It kind of depends on the terms of your "travel" insurance, but it wouldn't hurt to simply mail in the feuilles de soin that you collect to your insurance company and see what (if anything) they'll reimburse you for. It's strictly between you and them.
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Last year, in Nice, I needed to go to a dentist in a hurry. I had a partial root canal done (here are the xrays, take them to your own dentist to have the repair finished off). Without being in the health system at all, it cost me only 40 euros
:eek: Seriously?!?! Wow.

What's goin' on here in America, sheesh!
 

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I've just had a root canal (complete with the requisite 3 visits) and at the end of the second visit, the dentist hit me for 126€ and then after the 3rd visit, another 62€. Have to go back in 3 months for some follow-up, at which point he'll decide whether or not to do a crown.

However, compare the fees in the US for a root canal and it's all still looking pretty good here. Not sure about the reimbursement, but we'll see how that works out.
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make sure that whoever you visit works under the government fixed fee system

99% do , but sometimes in touristy areas especially you find that those who do private only and charge what they like
 
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