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I am planning to/would like to take a teaching assistant position in France for a year. I would have french healthcare through my job, but I have a condition that requires having blood drawn about every 3 months, taking quite a few medicines, and seeing a rheumatologist every 3-6 months, so I have a few questions. First, my condition should be covered right? and Second, any recommendations for transferring my care since it would involve seeing a rheumatologist? once I have a healthplan set up, would I just make an appt with a primary care physician who would then refer me to a rheumatologist? (I plan to have notes/a summary from my current rheum. translated into French to take with me, and will most likely take a 3 month supply of medicine so I am covered until I am able to continue my care in France).

I was also wondering what options there are for medical interpreters (costs, availability etc). Although I speak French and would learn some words related to my condition, when it comes to medical care, I would be afraid of misunderstanding any information.

Thanks for any advice,
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There should be no problem about your condition being covered under the sécu system. You will want to check with your employer to see if they offer a mutuelle and what sort of coverage that will offer, particularly with regard to seeing a specialist who may charge over and above the sécu tarif rates.

But if you make regular visits to a rheumatologist, it may be possible to name him or her as your "medecin traitant." For those with chronic conditions, it's actually recommended to name the doctor you see most often - as long as s/he agrees to it.

Afraid I haven't heard of anyone using a medical interpreter, and am not certain what services are available in that regard, if any. If you'll be in or around the Paris area, you may want to consider using one of the out-patient doctors at either the American Hospital in Paris or the Hereford British Hospital, where all staff are required to speak English.
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I was also wondering what options there are for medical interpreters (costs, availability etc). Although I speak French and would learn some words related to my condition, when it comes to medical care, I would be afraid of misunderstanding any information.

Thanks for any advice,
Beth (United States)
Where in France exactly? - I do know of a rheumatologist in Vannes who speaks very good English

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If you'll be in or around the Paris area, you may want to consider using one of the out-patient doctors at either the American Hospital in Paris or the Hereford British Hospital, where all staff are required to speak English.
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Bev
FYI. Not all staff at the American Hospital speak English. I went there once specifically because I desired a more "American Style" second opinion. The doctor did NOT speak English, but his nurse translated. And it's way more expensive there.
 

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Where in France exactly? - I do know of a rheumatologist in Vannes who speaks very good English

Cheers

I would be in Caen. I have also looked at the american college of rheumatology's website since they have a list of members and there are a few in Le Mans and Rennes, so I'm thinking that might also be a possibility.

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FYI. Not all staff at the American Hospital speak English. I went there once specifically because I desired a more "American Style" second opinion. The doctor did NOT speak English, but his nurse translated. And it's way more expensive there.
It IS way more expensive, and you need to be sure of your mutuelle coverage before you make your appointment there. Lately, the American Hospital seems to be the hospital of choice for the Arabic and Japanese communities in Paris, with the appropriate shift of language abilities. And, I guess, it's true that while the staff may speak English, they are all French qualified doctors (have to be) and there are definite differences in how medicine is practiced here.

You could try Hereford British Hospital - and I've heard that Hôpital Foch in Suresnes also has many English speaking staff, though I'm not sure what they offer in terms of out patient services.
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I would be in Caen. I have also looked at the american college of rheumatology's website since they have a list of members and there are a few in Le Mans and Rennes, so I'm thinking that might also be a possibility.

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Caen is about three hours from Vannes so if you want the name let me know privately.

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