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I will need to make an appointment with an ENT soon but I don't yet have a médecin traitant.

I would presume that in order to be reimbursed, I would need a referral from a family doctor? Assuming that's the case since otherwise the government would be reimbursing the whims of every hypochondriac.

If so, if I don't find a family doctor soon, could I simply visit a clinic and obtain a referral that way?
 

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I will need to make an appointment with an ENT soon but I don't yet have a médecin traitant.

I would presume that in order to be reimbursed, I would need a referral from a family doctor? Assuming that's the case since otherwise the government would be reimbursing the whims of every hypochondriac.

If so, if I don't find a family doctor soon, could I simply visit a clinic and obtain a referral that way?
Frankly, if you want the full reimbursement (70%), you need a médecin traitant. If you make an appointment with a GP, ask them first whether they are taking new patients. During your appointment the GP should be able to register online as médecin traitant (provided, of course, you have your Carte Vitale or attestation with you). It is the GP who will give you an ordonnance for the specialist. You can change your médecin traitant at any time, no questions asked, so it doesn't really matter too much which GP you choose initially.
 

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If you go to see a specialist without getting a referral from your med. traitant, you'll be reimbursed at a lower rate. Actually, the role of the medecin traitant is mainly that of maintaining a central file of all your various records from all the doctors you're seeing. It's possible, if you have a chronic condition where you're more likely to see an ENT regularly than a GP, to have a specialist like an ENT as your medecin traitant but the ENT would have to agree to the arrangement.
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Bev
 
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