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I have gall bladder stones, which may cause me problem any time in the future. The problem will be onset of pain and after that the only option is surgery to remove the gall bladder. There is no predicting when I will get the pain. It may not come also.

I want to know about the medical system in France. In case I get pain when I am there, then I need to get surgery done there. What will be the cost of such surgeries? How much of the cost will insurance cover?
 

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Depends on what type of visa you're on. If you're here on a tourist visa (Schengen visa, 90 day variety), you're on your own - or else you need to see what your travel insurance will or won't cover.

If you're on a long-stay visa, you either are covered by the French system (say, if you're working and contributing to the social insurance system) or your visa/carte de séjour requires you to show that you have private medical coverage.
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Bev
 

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When I first arrived here, I needed to meet with a specialist at the hospital. We saved as much as possible for this as I had no medical coverage. Then I was sent for blood tests. In each and every case, my then fiancée called to get an idea on pricing for this. There was no one able to tell her the costs. Much of this is set by the government but trying to get a handle on prices seems to be impossible.

I will say to you that The French have fantastic medical coverage. If I had to have surgery in the USA or France, it would be France hands down. I had wrist surgery two weeks ago. In and out the same day, private room and a nurse who came to the house for ten solid days after the surgery to change the bandages. She removed the stitches last Saturday!

Medicine in France seems to be very different than in the USA. I refer to the way it is practiced. If you need your gall bladder removed, France might be the best place for it. Just make sure you can either have insurance that covers it or get a grip on the pricing, if you can! Feel good and warm regards!
 
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