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Hello,

Just trying to make sure I understand how this works. If you need to see a doctor, but it's after hours, is there some where you can go or call for non-emergency care?

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Um, sort of. And it depends on where in France you are.

There is a sign up in my doctor's waiting room about a clinic you can go to at odd hours - nights and weekends mostly - in urgent-but-not-really-emergency circumstances. (I suppose some day I ought to take down the phone number and address of the place...)

But normally the doctors have some evening hours (whether as open office hours or simply evening hours that they will make appointments). Best bet is usually to call your doctor's regular number and see what they (or their answering service) suggest. If you doctor is not available (due to vacation, for example) you can contact any other doctor in the area to see if they might be available to see you.

Or, you can call 17 (the emergency number) to get the name and number of the medecin de garde at night or over weekends or holidays. Doctors do still make some house calls here, when necessary.

But in any event, it would probably be best to discuss this with your regular doctor (the "medecin traitant") to ensure that any and all urgent visits get reported back to him or her and that any treatment can be properly "referred." (The French system requires that most doctor visits to specialists be based on a referral from your medecin traitant.)
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As Bev mentioned, after hours calls depend to where you are in France. In Paris there is a service called SOS médecin. It is really useful as most of doctors in Paris no longer make in house calls. Some GP mention on their prescription sheets as a footer what to do when they are off duty.

In case of medical emergency, I would not dial 17 as it is the short number for the police ;-) For medical emergency it is the 15 (or 112 from a mobile phone). Firemen 18 are also equipped to assist. They are in some places quicker to arrive to your home or office than SAMU
 

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18 is the standard number here - & in the main, that means you'll get the sapeurs pompiers, who are medically trained and have an on-call (usually in-team) person who is the serious medic & can get u sorted.

Otherwise, we tend to use the local A&E or the out-of-hours pharmacy.

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Thank you Bev. I'll definitely speak to our doctor about after-hour care.

relocatella: Can you tell me more about that SOS médecin? Can it be for a non-emergency illness? How much does it cost?

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relocatella: Can you tell me more about that SOS médecin? Can it be for a non-emergency illness? How much does it cost?
I definitely use SOS Médecin for non emergencies. I will typically use their service when I sense I am starting a illness and I am too busy at the office to go to my GP or my GP is too busy to see me or my GP is off duty.
In Paris, until 9 or 10pm (?) their is also a number for pediatricians. It once saved me a visit to the hospital when my kid was 18 months old.
Regarding the rates, I know, there is an extra fee for the visit, but I don't recall how much it is.

If you can read French, here is the website PUBLIC SOS Médecins France - Bienvenue sur SOS médecins France
I cannot find a website for "urgences pédiatriques", the number I dial in Paris is the following: 01 44 09 84 85
 
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