Gynecology - The Family planning and education centers (CPEF)
These centers are free for those under 18 and for people without medical insurance. Doctors are there to:
Perform a gynecological examination and follow-up
Prescribe suitable contraception
Provide contraception free of charge for minors and people without medical insurance
Detect and treat sexually transmitted infections
There are marriage counselors for those who wonder about the difficulties in their marriage, their family, their role as parent ... They also support victims of violence.
🔎 Find a center nearby here
Find doctors speaking your language
The most widely used website for booking medical appointments is Doctolib . After entering the type of doctor you are looking for, and your location, you can select a language. Sometimes you are asked if you have already met this doctor ("Have you already consulted this practitioner?"). Why? Because some doctors don't accept new patients. In this case, you have to find another one.
English speaking telephone helplines and professionals are available in France:
For students: if you want to talk or confide in someone (in French, English or other languages), support services are designed for students. They are free, confidential and designed entirely with you in mind. Have a look at the census by academy in the student-support.info website. For Lyon you can access directly to the document here.
SOS Help : 01 46 21 46 46 (Every day from 3 pm to 11 pm), Local charge may apply. Dialogue and assistance in English for people in distress and their close circle.
Terrapsy - Psychologists without borders : 09 82 25 62 45 (Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 12:30 and 1:30 pm to 5 pm), Free call and services. Dialogue and psychological assistance for any individual made fragile or isolated by the lockdown. Dialogues in French, English and Arabic.
[LYON ONLY] Psychologist Lyon : a directory site which lists psychologists in Lyon. You can use the search criteria "spoken language" (note: the site is in English)
GP and specialists in France
To be refunded correctly in the French healthcare system, you have to designate a chosen general practice doctor as your doctor treating or regular GP. On the first visit to your GP, you will be given a registration form to fill in and send to your local Cpam. You should generally always consult your doctor first with any medical problem except for paediatricians, ophthalmologists, gynaecologists or medical emergencies.
Useful phone numbers
Here are a few important numbers
112: the European emergency number;
15: the SAMU (Service d'Aide Médicale Urgente - Emergency Medical Service);
18: the Fire Brigade;
And 3624: for a house-call doctor if you are too ill to travel. This service is available 24/7
Eye medical services
To find a doctors speaking your language : the most widely used website for booking medical appointments is Doctolib . After entering "Ophthalmologist", and your location, you can select a language.
To book an appointment quickly: you can visit the Pointvision website (note: the website is in French)
To find cheap glasses without appointment : you can visit the Glasses for All website, a low-cost optician, who makes it possible to find glasses at a low price and available the same day
[LYON ONLY] For ophthalmic emergencies : you can go to the Hôpital Édouard Herriot, 5 place d'Arsonval - Pavillon C - 69003 Lyon, 04 72 11 62 33
Pharmacies in France
Pharmacies in France are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 19:30. At least one local duty pharmacy or on-call pharmacy (pharmacie de garde) will be open on Sundays and public holidays. The list can be found in every pharmacy window, by contacting the local commissariat or calling the 32 37
[LYON ONLY] Here is the list of on-call pharmacies:
The Grande Pharmacie Lyonnaise, 22, rue de la République, 69002 Lyon
Skyscraper Pharmacy, 28 Avenue Henri Barbusse, Villeurbanne
The Clock Pharmacy, 14 Place Vauboin, Tassin-la-Demi-Lune
The Portes du Sud Pharmacy, 49 Boulevard Lénine, Vénissieux
The Portes des Alpes Pharmacy, Auchan Shopping Center, Saint-Priest
Emergency: documents you need
If you are admitted to hospital, you will need to have:
Your health insurance card (your carte vitale), or;
The attestation you will have received confirming your entitlement to health care;
Your voluntary insurance policy if you have;
Your passport or identity card.
Emergency: Who pays for the care?
The eligible costs of treatment will be met through your local health authority called Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM).
If you are a visitor to France, you have to produce your European Health Insurance Card/GHIC or private health insurance policy.
If you do not have health cover, and it is an emergency, you will still receive treatment, although you will be responsible for the costs.
If you have low income and not legally resident in France, you may be able to apply for assistance under the State Medical Aid (AME). On condition: you have been living in the country for at least 3 months.