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July 17, 2011

Well our prescriptions were running low, we came with three months supply but house-hunting took longer than anticipated so we hadn’t yet set up with a doctor.

So off we went to the local doctors office with our list of prescriptions (in English & French). The doctor was very pleasant, read all the documentation, took our blood pressure, asked a few simple questions and wrote out prescriptions for the next three months. We paid in cash – 23 Euros each.

We took the prescriptions to the local pharmacie, and apart from one which is restricted, all were renewed in 10 minutes, again paid in cash. All I have to do now is figure out how to get re-imbursed before the Carte Vitale shows up

No-one spoke any English but it wasn’t a problem, and the whole process took 90 minutes from start to finish.

Back in CA this would have required a doctors appointment (about one week delay) and the pharmacy would have needed 48 hours minimum.

I know it isn’t always going to be this easy but it’s great when it is


2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 16:45

    Re: reimbursement: Did you get one of those kind of brown-colored forms from the doctor? (Also, from the pharmacist?) Hang onto those and you can send in your “claims” as soon as you get your carte vitale. Line up a mutuelle in the meantime – it’s a one-step claims process as long as you have the mutuelle arranged already.
    Bev (yes, from Expat forum)

    • July 25, 2011 16:52

      Yes, got the brown forms and got the mutuelle set up – just waiting for the Carte Vitale

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