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Patient-Centered Care: The French Medical Experience


In France, patient-centered care lies at the core of the healthcare system, emphasizing personalized attention, comprehensive consultations, and ongoing support. The French medical experience is characterized by strong doctor-patient relationships, thorough care provision, and patient feedback mechanisms that contribute to a patient-centric approach. Establishing strong doctor-patient relationships One of the cornerstones of the French medical experience is the establishment of strong doctor-patient relationships. Trust, empathy, and effective communication between doctors and patients are emphasized, creating a foundation of mutual understanding and collaboration.  Doctors in France take the time to listen to patients, ensuring they have a comprehensive understanding of their medical history, concerns, and goals. This collaborative approach to decision-making takes into account patients' preferences and values, fostering a sense of shared decision-making and empowering patients in their healthcare journey. Continuity of care is highly valued, with patients often seeing the same doctor over time, allowing for a deeper understanding of their individual needs. Thorough consultations and comprehensive care In France, thorough consultations are the norm, with doctors dedicating ample time to each patient. These consultations go beyond addressing immediate concerns, allowing doctors to delve into patients' medical histories and perform comprehensive assessments. The goal is to provide holistic care that encompasses preventive measures, early detection of conditions, and tailored treatment plans. By involving specialists and multidisciplinary teams, France ensures that patients receive well-rounded and integrated care. Coordinated and follow-up care France places great importance on coordinated care to ensure seamless and integrated services. Healthcare professionals work collaboratively to provide coordinated care, ensuring that patients receive appropriate referrals, treatments, and ongoing support. The continuity of care is reinforced through regular follow-up appointments and post-treatment monitoring, allowing doctors to track patients' progress and make any necessary adjustments to their care plans. General practitioners often serve as the coordinators of care, overseeing the overall treatment journey and ensuring that all aspects of patients' healthcare needs are addressed. Patient education and empowerment Patient education is a fundamental aspect of the French medical experience. Patients are provided with the knowledge and tools to actively participate in their healthcare decisions. Through educational materials, workshops, and digital platforms, individuals are empowered to make informed choices about their health. France promotes self-management and healthy lifestyle practices, recognizing the importance of patient engagement in achieving optimal outcomes. Patient feedback mechanisms and continuous improvement France places value on gathering patient feedback to continually improve the quality of care and enhance the patient experience. Patient satisfaction surveys, patient advisory committees, and online platforms for reviews and ratings are among the mechanisms in place to gather insights and perspectives. This feedback is used to drive quality improvement efforts and shape healthcare delivery to better meet patients' needs. By actively involving patients in shaping the healthcare system, France ensures a patient-centric approach that evolves with changing expectations and requirements. Cultural sensitivity and inclusivity France is committed to cultural sensitivity and inclusivity in healthcare. Efforts are made to accommodate diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultural practices to ensure equitable access to care. Initiatives aimed at reducing healthcare disparities and improving health outcomes among marginalized communities are prioritized. By fostering an inclusive environment, France strives to provide healthcare that respects and embraces individual differences. Promoting patient rights and privacy France has a strong legal framework in place to safeguard patient rights, privacy, and confidentiality. Informed consent procedures ensure that patients have a clear understanding of their treatments and procedures, and patients have control over their medical information. Patient advocacy groups play an important role in safeguarding patient rights and fostering transparency in healthcare, advocating for the protection of patient privacy and ensuring that patients' voices are heard. In summary The French medical experience is characterized by patient-centered care, emphasizing strong doctor-patient relationships, thorough consultations, comprehensive care, patient education, and continuous improvement. The commitment to prioritizing patients' needs and empowering them to actively participate in their healthcare journey contributes to a positive and impactful medical experience in France.  Through collaborative decision-making, personalized attention, and a holistic approach to healthcare, France strives to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care tailored to their individual needs. By actively incorporating patient feedback, promoting cultural sensitivity, protecting patient rights, and fostering inclusivity, the French healthcare system continues to evolve, setting a standard for patient-centered care worldwide. *image by ian kelsall from Pixabay

French medical cannabis trial shows promise


Pain medicines produced from cannabis oil have the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients, a French study has found. According to the initial results from a trial that began in a French hospital back in March, using medical cannabis for pain relief is effective. Psychiatrist Dr Nicolas Authier, Chair of the Scientific Committee on Medical Cannabis, is in charge of the experiment being conducted at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand in central France. Dr Authier picked 20 suitable patients for participation in the trial. One patient, Mounir, 47, who suffered a stroke aged 21 and consequently struggled with painkiller addiction in an attempt to manage his neuropathic pain, told France 3: “I'm not yet completely relieved of the pain. There is some still, but it is nothing like what I felt before.” The trial is part of a two-year nationwide experiment in France that is primarily designed to evaluate the best conditions of access to medical cannabis. Depending on the patient and their condition, medical cannabis can deliver mild to significant relief. However, some patients have experienced no improvement, while others experienced more undesirable effects than therapeutic ones. Dr Authier hopes that medical cannabis can be legalized for patients whose suffering is poorly relieved by conventional treatments. Image by Julia Teichmann from Pixabay

French healthcare system to benefit from €7bn investment


France’s healthcare system is to benefit from €7bn worth of investment, which is designed to drive innovation in the sector. Speaking at the end of June, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that public funding would be made available in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Part of France’s Health Innovation Plan 2030, €2bn will be invested by the state-owned Banque Publique d'Investissement (BPI) in start-ups and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the healthcare industry. France will also invest €2bn in research for emerging and infectious diseases, biotherapies and digital health. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan will allocate almost €750 million for emerging infectious diseases and CBRN (nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical) threats. Another €800m will be dedicated to biotherapies and the bioproduction of innovative therapies that represent 50% of the clinical trials currently underway. These technologies enable the development of so-called personalised medicine by providing therapeutic solutions in oncology, immunology, virology and for rare diseases, for example. President Macron wants to make France the leading European country in healthcare innovation by 2030. He has committed to lift administrative hurdles to speed up organisational changes in the healthcare system. *Image by Parentingupstream from Pixabay

France Surgery Attends WMTC 2016


The 9th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress in Washington D.C. drew to a close yesterday and what an event it was! A small team from France Surgery made the long journey over to the US. You may have seen France Surgery CEO and co-founder Carine Hilaire's Facebook post live from the event. The largest medical tourism event in the world, the World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress this year featured over 3,000 participants, 10,000+ networking meetings and up to 200 qualified buyers of healthcare, as well as industry forums and executive summits. Among the excellent keynote speakers at this year's congress was President and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington. Next year's World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress - the 10th of its kind - will be held October 2-4 2017, in Los Angeles, California. You can be sure that France Surgery will once again be there promoting all the benefits of the excellent French healthcare service. You can find out more about this year's event and get information ahead of next year's over on the World Medical Tourism and Medical Healthcare Congress website.

Medical Tourism in France to be Stimulated by French Government


The French health and foreign ministries will work together to promote medical tourism across the country and open up the world-class French healthcare system to foreigners by cutting the red tape that has so often got in the way in the past. To inject some much-needed funds into the French economy, the government wants to attract high-end clientele who speak English and want concierge services as well as competitively-priced, high quality medical care, according to the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ). It comes off the back of a government report that highlighted the attraction of France as a medical tourism destination due to its reputation as one of the world’s best tourist destinations and its excellent healthcare facilities. The report estimates that medical tourism could provide the country with a €2 billion economic boost by 2020 and create some 30,000 employment opportunities in the process. A medical tourism taskforce has been created and tasked with making serious progress on the country’s medical tourism ambitions by the end of this year. François Madelmont, head of consultancy SPH Conseil and coordinator of the new medical tourism task force, said: “It is a cultural revolution. Many hospitals are eager to be on the list and to take in more foreign patients. Some already do it discretely, others advertise and make it part of their strategy.” France Surgery is also mentioned in the IMTJ piece and our co-founder Carine Hilaire is quoted as saying: “Foreigners see the French system as an excellent but very exclusive club."  

UK Patients Could Soon Find Themselves Going to France for Surgery


British citizens residing in the south of England could soon see themselves travelling to Calais to undergo surgical procedures if a new deal is finalised by the NHS. The South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers a population of some 202,000 people in the Folkestone and Dover area, drew up the proposals so that patients requiring routine operations and treatment could undergo them in France. It would not only allow said patients to be treated quicker, but would also drive down overall hospital waiting times. Two hospitals in Calais, the Centre Hospitalier de Calais and the Fondation Hospitale, would provide treatment for cataracts, orthopaedics, gynaecology and other routine procedures. Patients will be able to arrange treatment in France via their GPs and while the cost of travel and expenses would need to be footed by the individual, the NHS would pick up the bill for the medical treatment. The option to be treated in France would only be available if the patient discussed it with their GP, Hazel Carpenter from South Kent CCG told the BBC. It’s a situation that has arisen because the two French healthcare providers, along with several from the UK, threw their hats into the ring when the NHS trust invited such organisations to apply "We carried out a careful assessment of the services they offer and are visiting sites," said Carpenter. "The two French providers, among others, fulfilled our criteria and we expect to finalise a contract with them,” she added. Damian Collins, an MP for Folkestone and Hythe in Kent, welcomed the idea, saying it was sensible due to the fact that France is actually closer and more accessible than some parts of London. He also described the hospital in Calais as “fantastic”.     Photo: Centre Hospitalier de Calais

Gastric Bypass


GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY Gastric Bypass technique is used to reduce the stomach’s size and the food absorption in the digestive tube in order to trigger a significant weight loss. Often described as 'more comfortable' than Lap Band surgery by patients, this surgery is irreversible and implies a lifelong medical follow up and potential vitamins’ intake. The digestive bypass created during surgery leads to food derivation directly to the middle part of the small intestine. This surgery exists since 1990 and is performed on thousands of patients every year in France. We then have significant medical data to access its risk and benefits. GASTRIC BYPASS is conducted under general anaesthetic, usually via laparoscopy. This technique is recommended because it reduces the amount of pain experienced and allows the patient to return to normal activity quickly. In some cases, during the operation it is necessary to open up the abdomen (laparotomy) for safety reasons. The time spent in hospital will vary from 2 to 10 days depending on the type of operation and the general health of the patient. It may be extended. You should plan to have at least 2 weeks off work when you come out of hospital. Expected Weight Loss: Around 70 to 75 % excess weight loss, corresponding to a weight loss of approximately 35 to 40 kg (studies with 20 years follow-up for a person of average height 1.7 m with a BMI of 40 kg/m2). Mean operating time: 1,5 to 3 hours (Provided there are no complications during the operation). Mean length of hospital stay: 4 to 8 days (Provided there are no complications after the operation). Mean complications risk : Surgical complications: ulcers, leakage or stenosis at the junction between the stomach and the intestine, bleeding, occlusion of the intestine. Nutritional deficiencies. Functional complications: hypoglycaemia after meals, dumping syndrome, constipation French healthcare facilities represented by France Surgery are all recognized Surgery Center of Excellence in European obesity surgery by the EAC-BS European Accreditation Council for Bariatric Surgery. CONSIDERING GASTRIC-BYPASS IN FRANCE ? CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE   To find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the different Bariatric surgical techniques: French Society for Bariatric surgery (French National Nutrition Health Programme) (French Health Autority)

France Surgery Now Part of La French Tech


We’re very pleased to announce that France Surgery is now a part of La French Tech, an organisation that was founded to promote the initiative of French entrepreneurs and French start-ups. La French Tech consists of not just entrepreneurs, but also investors, designers, engineers, developers, bloggers, associations, government agencies, the media and even big companies. Basically, all the people and organisations that can help promote French start-ups internationally and work with them to achieve sustainable growth. While La French Tech is not governed by the French government, it is supported by it. After all, it’s not up to the government to decide what technology or brilliant idea will change the world. Instead, it’s the start-ups and their dynamic marketplace that hold the responsibility for doing this. The government can, however, encourage and enable these world-changing ideas and businesses to flourish and be seen on an international scale. France Surgery hope that being a part of La French Tech will further promote our wide range of services and allow more people international visitors to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that the French healthcare system presents. For more information about any of our services, including the procedures we can facilitate here in France, contact us today.

French Healthcare Rated Highly in Recent EU Study


According to a biennial report into healthcare across Europe, France remains in very good shape. It has the lowest stroke and heart attack death rates on the continent and was one of the few countries to increase healthcare spending in 2014. The report, which also analysed non-EU countries, such as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, outlined many areas where France is leading the field. Average life expectancy in France is an impressive 82.1 years and it also boasts just 86 heart attack deaths per 100,000 people. Compare this to the 184 that occur in the UK and you can see how impressive France’s figures are. France is also a big spender when it comes to hospital expenses – 38% of the total healthcare budget (4.4% of GDP). This comes at a time when most European countries are trying to cut their healthcare spending. France increased its own by 0.8%. Finally, France is a big spender on antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals – 469 euros per head compared to an average of 350 euros across the rest of Europe. The Health at a Glance – Europe 2014 report further underlines the great healthcare system we have here in France. So why not contact us today and find out how we can help you take advantage of the fantastic healthcare facilities here in France.

Knee Arthroscopy in France


KNEE ARTHROSCOPY If you’ve landed here then chances are you’re considering undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in France. If that’s the case, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! Here at France Surgery we are committed to opening up the French healthcare system to the rest of the world and making it truly accessible to people wanting to realise all the benefits that it offers. Knee arthroscopy is one of many procedures that we can help you with and our overall aim is for you to have the best surgical experience possible. Furthermore, with our established network of approximately 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 highly experienced medical specialists across France, you can be sure that you’ll be in the best possible care. But what is arthroscopy? Well, it’s a way for orthopaedic surgeons to visualise, diagnose and treat medical problems inside a joint. The term stems from the Greek words, “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). So it literally means to look inside the joint. This technique allows the surgeon to look, palpate and precisely evaluate anatomical lesions before treating them through two or three punctiform skin incisions. Conditions that can be treated with this technique include, arthrosis, inflammatory arthritis, sports trauma, synovial tumours and torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligaments to name but a few. How is it performed? Although it is sometimes carried out with a local anaesthetic, knee arthroscopy usually happens under a general anaesthetic. A small, button hole-sized incision is made to allow for the insertion of the arthroscope but two or three further incisions may be required to access other parts of the joint, or to allow access for other instruments. Corrective knee surgery can actually be performed arthroscopically through the same incisions. Is an overnight stay necessary? The beauty of arthroscopic knee surgery is that most patients undergo it on an outpatient basis. This ambulatory surgery means that people often go home on the day of their surgery. However, evaluations are made on a case-by-case basis and your surgeon may decide that an overnight stay is required. Either way, you’ll find yourself recovering from your arthroscopic knee surgery in no time and if a overnight stay is required you can be sure it will be in a top-class French clinic. What happens after surgery? Recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery is much faster than traditional knee surgery. However, you will still need to take things steady for the first couple of days to allow the knee to start to repair, but many patients actually leave hospital on the day of their surgery. Why France? Simply because you can receive world-class medical care, without the long waiting times at very affordable prices. Furthermore, with France Surgery’s assistance, you can rest assured that you are in the safest possible hands throughout the entirety of your stay.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery


CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS SURGERY Our hearts are amazing organs. They beat literally thousands of times a day, every day, for our entire lives. That’s why it’s important that we take good care of our hearts and give them the best possible chance of staying healthy. However, our hearts sometimes run into trouble and the only course of action is to let a surgeon put them right. This is especially true in the case of a blocked artery and a coronary artery bypass is needed. And if you’re reading this it’s because you are looking for more information about coronary artery bypass surgery in France. If so, we’re here to help! With our extensive network of around 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 highly experienced medical specialists across France, we are in the best position to facilitate your coronary artery bypass procedure. But what is a coronary artery bypass? It’s a surgical procedure that looks to create a bypass around a specific part of blocked artery in your heart. There are a number of reasons why a blockage in the artery may occur but the most prominent is due to the build-up of fatty deposits. These usually occur as a result of a high fat, high cholesterol diet. How is it performed? Your surgeon will look to alleviate a narrowed or blocked artery by using a healthy blood vessel taken from your leg, arm, chest or abdomen. This is then connected to the other arteries in your heart creating a bypass around the blocked section. Blood flow to the heart is inevitably improved and your chances of cardiac arrest are significantly reduced. How long does the procedure take? Coronary artery bypass surgery usually takes between three and six hours. It requires a general anaesthetic and surgeons often repair, on average, two or four arteries. Traditional coronary bypass surgery is performed through a long incision down the front of the patient’s chest. However, minimally invasive surgery – performed through a smaller incision with the help of video imaging - is now a common option and one which can afford speedier recovery times and reduce the cosmetic impact of surgery. What happens after the surgery? Due to the severity of the surgery, it is inevitable to spend one or two days in intensive care while your medical team monitors your vital signs. However, providing there are no complications, coronary artery bypass patients are usually discharged from hospital within a week. Finally, why France? Because the French healthcare system is one of the absolute best in the world. Furthermore, with France Surgery’s assistance, any potential international barriers are removed and you’re taken care of in the best possible way. So if you’re looking for an affordable coronary artery bypass procedure; without the long waits often experienced in other countries; and which is performed by a highly experienced surgeon, contact us today for a personalised quotation.

French Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Markets Set to Experience Significant Growth


Market research firm,, has just added a new report to its online store, which focuses on the healthcare, regulatory and reimbursement landscape of France. The report, entitled CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement Landscape – France, looks at the healthcare infrastructure of France and provides insights into key trends in the French healthcare market. What the report reveals about the French pharmaceuticals and medical devices markets is that they are set to experience significant growth over the next few years. In fact, France’s pharmaceutical market was thought to be worth around $45.3 billion in 2012, but that figure is set to reach approximately $51 billion by 2020. Likewise, the French medical devices market was worth approximately $14.7 billion in2012, but is also set to rise to around $20.8 billion by 2020. The positive trends that are predicted can apparently be attributed to France’s growing elderly population, the high availability of healthcare insurance and widespread access to healthcare facilities. This latest report provides an invaluable insight into the French healthcare market and where it is headed. It allows companies with a vested interest in the sector to formulate strategic business strategies and further highlights the growth potential of the healthcare market in France.

French Government Negotiates Big Discount for Hep C Drug Sovaldi


It seems that the French government has made good on its promise to secure a highly reduced price for hepatitis C drug Sovaldi from Gilead Sciences. The revelation signifies the French government’s commitment to ensuring that all patients get access to new and effective treatments. This is in addition to reducing the overall burden to the country’s finances. A 12-week regimen will now cost $51,400 instead of $71,100, which is a reduction of around 27% and makes it the lowest price in Europe. Sovaldi has a particularly high cure rate (over 90%) and so is widely prescribed to combat hepatitis C. But with the cost of the treatment in the U.S. exceeding $84,000, people have feared that it could be a budget-busting medication. It is thought that some 200,000 people in France alone are living with hepatitis C but this new agreement should go some way to reduce that figure going forward. The French government also announced that it would look to selectively tax pharmaceutical companies when their drugs exceeded a certain cost each year. Something that further emphasises the country’s dedication to world-class healthcare services for all. To find out more about the French healthcare system or for a free personal quote, contact France Surgery today.

Napoleon Hat Fetches $2.2 Million at Auction


When people think of Napoleon it’s often his choice of distinctive headwear that sticks out in their minds and a recent Paris auction sale of one of his famous two-pointed hats will serve to further cement that association. On Sunday, a South Korean collector purchased a black beaver felt ‘bicorne’ hat which was reportedly donned by the French Emperor in 1800 at the Battle of Marengo. The hat sale is part of a larger collection being sold off by the Monaco royal family to fund restoration work at the Palais de Monaco – something which they believe will enhance France’s cultural heritage. French auctioneers Osenat had placed an expected selling price of between 300,000 and 400,000 euros. However, experts had estimated that the historical hat would fetch far more and the eventual $2.2 million price tag (after associated fees) shows that they were right on the money. The reason for the astronomical price is that there are only thought to be 19 Napoleon hats left in existence from the 120 or so hats that the famous emperor is thought to have worn throughout his military career. Bicorne hats were not uncommon and many military officers wore them at the time. Napoleon, however, became known for wearing his sideways in an apparent attempt to make himself more visible on the battlefield. The recent sale shows just how collectible some French historical items are and the international appeal they command. France is a country steeped in rich history, which you can discover more about if you choose to undergo a medical procedure with us.

France Looking to Ban Online Cigarette Sales


We reported last month that as part of the French government’s smoking crackdown, trial smoking bans have been introduced into several Paris parks. Now, as part of the same wave of reforms, the French government is looking to make it illegal for smokers in France to buy cheap cigarettes online. Selling cigarettes online in France has been illegal for some time, but that hasn’t stopped French smokers buying their cigarettes on the internet historically. There are numerous online retailers, which are based in Ireland where taxes are often significantly lower than the rest of Europe. These online retailers have allowed French smokers to purchase cigarettes at reduced prices and the French government want it to stop. Not only do cheap, readily available online cigarettes damage the health of the people who smoke them but they also cost the French government a huge amount in lost taxes. In fact, Philip Morris International estimates that France loses around €400 million per year due to online foreign purchases. Other initiatives by the French government to curb its country’s smoking habits have included banning smoking in cars that are also carrying children; removing all cigarette branding and raising prices. All measures which regular smokers dislike. The French government’s firm standpoint on smoking is testament to its commitment to reducing smoking related deaths in the country; something which will ensure its top-quality healthcare services remain fully accessible going forward.

What is the Haute Autorité de Santé?


Established in August 2004 by the French government, the Haute Autorité de Santé is an independent public body that was set up to ensure high standards of patient care and guarantee equality in the French healthcare system. Even though it is regarded as the French National Authority for Health, it is not a government body and it has financial autonomy. However, the Haute Autorité de santé is ultimately accountable to the French government and has to provide them with reports on its various missions – which it is mandated by law to fulfil. The HAS has close ties with French government healthcare agencies, research organisations, patients’ representatives, national health insurance funds and unions of healthcare professionals. Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of the HAS’s 60 million Euro annual budget is made up from taxes on the promotional spending by drug companies. HAS is built on three founding principles: a very broad field of action, a high degree of scientific rigour and independence. HAS facts and figures: Over 400 permanent staff, including GPs, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and health economists Collaborates with some 3,000 hospital and non-hospital professionals 35 regional facilitators who help implement the continuing professional development initiatives 775 surveyors who undertake accreditation visits to both private and public healthcare organisations Every hospital in France has their annual results and statistics published every year on the HAS website, where they are viewable by the public. The HAS ensures that the standard of French healthcare remains among the very best in the world and is just another reason why undergoing a surgical procedure in France is a fantastic option nowadays.

10 Reasons to Choose the French Healthcare System and France Surgery


When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful. Furthermore, if you find yourself in need of a medical procedure like surgery, you want to be sure that you are in the safest possible hands. But with rising healthcare costs and seemingly increasing wait times, you can often be left feeling disheartened and like you have few options. You needn’t feel that way, however, as France Surgery are here to help facilitate affordable procedures, with little to no waiting times, all undertaken in one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Here are just 10 reasons why you should choose France Surgery: 1. The French Healthcare system is one the highest quality in the world 2. There are little to no waiting times for surgery in France 3. Procedures in France are highly affordable and can often be claimed back on insurance 4. France is the number one tourist destination in the world 5. The cuisine and beverages on offer in France are absolutely world-class 6. France Surgery have relationships with over 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 medical professionals 7. Five-star concierge services are available throughout your stay 8. All correspondence is in English and an English-speaking guide will be on hand for you 9. Luxury hotels will definitely feature in your recovery plan 10. Tailor-made packages are available such as sports injury recovery, post-traumatic, orthopaedic, dietetic/obesity, osteoarthritis/ rheumatism and cardiology, to name but a few Photo credit: © Minerva Studio -

Healthcare in France for English Speaking Residents


Are you an expat living in France? Have you ever wondered about the French Healthcare System and the possibility of using it for an upcoming surgical procedure? If so, then France Surgery could be your perfect gateway to the French Healthcare System! But why use France Surgery? Well, for a start, what could be better than dealing with a company who handles everything in English? That’s right! Here at France Surgery we are committed to assisting our expatriate friends and that’s why we endeavour to handle every query in English. After all, what good is it providing a first-class healthcare service to expats if they can only understand every other word?! Now that we’ve levelled the playing field when it comes to language barriers, what about the French Healthcare System? Fortunately, France Surgery are committed to being a meticulous guide through the French Healthcare System and that’s why we encourage expats to take advantage of the fantastic benefits that it has to offer. What could be better than discovering everything that the French Healthcare System has to offer than with a company who understands it inside out?! Many individuals have heard that healthcare in France is often unparalleled, yet they don’t know how to even begin discovering the benefits. That’s why France Surgery guides all our patients through the maze that can be the French Healthcare System and ensure we are on-hand to handle any queries; should they arise. Furthermore, with a plethora of outstanding medical facilities across the country, how do people know which ones are the best? This is a quandary that France Surgery can eliminate, as we have established relationships with approximately 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 highly experienced medical specialists all across the country. With France Surgery, you need never worry about trying to find a reputable medical professional who specialises specifically in your particular surgical need. Finally, for your complete peace of mind and satisfaction, France Surgery is a member of the Franco British chamber of Commerce and their services are promoted in a bi-monthly newsletter. Likewise, France Surgery’s close association with the United States can be seen in its partnership with the US embassy, which should reassure US expats that they can expect only first-class service from France Surgery. This means that you can rest assured that France Surgery is an established organisation dedicated to facilitating medical procedures in France. In fact, the Franco British chamber of Commerce was setup to promote business trade between the UK and France. Therefore, France Surgery’s membership further cements its position as a provider of high-quality healthcare services for British expats seeking a world-class service.

Private Healthcare in France


Foreigners, in particular the British, have been coming to France for years to experience what is said to be the best healthcare system in the world. It’s no surprise really. Both the medical technologies and the standard of care received here are top notch. Not only do people choose the French healthcare system over the NHS, since 2002 in certain cases the NHS has actively recommended a patient travel to France for hip, knee or cataract surgery. What’s more if referred, the European Court of Justine ruled in favour of England having to pay back British patients for any treatment undertaken. But unfortunately for this reason a referral isn’t necessarily as forthcoming as it once was. If you choose to take out private healthcare and travel to France for medical attention, you can be guaranteed the highest level of care – from consultation right through to recovery. With over 20 years’ experience in the French medical sector, France Surgery prides itself on going above and beyond this nationwide standard, ensuring you have an enjoyable experience regardless of the treatment being carried out. Find out more by contacting our International Patient Services team today. Photo credit: © alexmillos -

Podcast: Making the French Healthcare Connection with Carine Hilaire →

03/07/2014 On today’s show, we are excited to be speaking with Carine Hilaire. Carine is the CEO of France Surgery, a medical tourism company that helps people get into the French healthcare system. Carine’s organization is a necessary link between patients in search of a medical or surgical solution and highly-experienced French specialists. While providing the highest level of professionalism and exceptional support, France Surgery also works with select insurance providers in the United States and Great Britain. Listen to this episode to find out what you can expect from France Surgery’s services and the incredible French healthcare in general. In This Episode, You’ll Learn What kind of procedures and surgeries people travel to France to receive The benefits of going to France, over other countries, for a medical procedure The type of after-care you can expect as a France Surgery client Where to find reviews of the facilities and physicians available through Carine’s organization The testimonial of an American client who went through a $60,000 hip replacement surgery for $16,000, including his stay expenses in France, and then received a refund from his insurance



MEDICAL EXCELLENCE FRENCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM It is one of the highest ranked health systems in the world and often the first in terms of population health level and infrastructures. This system is patient centered with a policy of equal access for all citizens which ensures a high standard of care and consistency in the services provided across the health facilities Network. PATIENTS-DOCTORS RELATIONSHIPS System focused on the Patient-Doctor relationship with a strong personalisation of care protocols. Patients are free to choose their doctor as well as their General Practitioner and Medical specialists or Surgeons. Doctors and surgeons pay attention to the particular wishes and needs of the patient and their family. France is already a multicultural country familiar with and committed to respecting everyone, regardless of culture and religion. France is innovative and leading the way in terms of advanced medical technologies. NO WAITING LIST The high density hospital network and the large number of physicians ensures a high availability level for all kinds of procedures, medical treatments andsurgery, there’s usually no or very short waiting lists. More than 2100 facilities offer care to the population, with the majority of hospitals being multi-disciplinary and familiar with various kinds of pathologies. Access to public or private practice is the same in terms of refunding healthcare costs for French patients and all European union Citizens. SYSTEM OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL PATIENTS The French Healthcare System is open to International patients. Many foreign residents and medical travellers are already taking advantage of excellent health facilities all over France... MEDICAL EXPENSES Payment or refunding may vary depending on the patient status and citizenship, however rates for hospital stays are fixed by the French government. Rates are the same all over the French territory as long as the facility is subsidised and certified by the health administration. Everybody has heard about the French « way of life », luxury, wine and fashion, but who really knows the French Healthcare System ? We frequently hear very good feedback about the healthcare system, however it seems that foreign people view it as a closed system, reserved for the French population and not easily accessible. It is difficult to obtain information about the most renowned medical teams andthe most effective healthcare facilities. No publication or ranking is easily accessible from a foreign country and especially in a foreign language. When discussing one’s own medical case, one has to ask the question of data confidentiality and security, and it’s impossible to know if the required travel is possible, if the considered procedure is conceivable and what the level of at no risk ? How to avoid a last minute cancellation ? And finally consideration for the logistics in a foreign country, communication in another language, even though the majority of French healthcare professionals speak and understand English…  



ONCOLOGY AND HAEMATOLOGY PERSONALISED CARE ADHERING TO THE LATEST CANCER TREATMENTS PROTOCOLS The medical team that supports you is made up of internationally renowned healthcare professionals from different areas of specialty. They work within the health care facility where you receive your treatment and in connection with your doctors. Your support is comprehensive and includes care and additional support you may need during and after your treatment (psychological, fatigue management, advice on your diet ...). Cancer Screening and Early Detection Screening is a process that aims to identify, at the earliest and in the absence of symptoms, lesions that may be cancerous or develop into cancer. The value of screening is that cancer can be detected earlier, patients can be provided with better care and the impact of treatment is reduced. For all requests, you must first send us a completed medical record via our secure platform as well as your medical history. This will allow us to put you in touch with the best French specialists who can discuss the treatments options suitable for you. Incomplete or unreadable medical documents will not be accepted. Choose an institution To be allowed to treat cancer, French healthcare institutions have to meet a number of conditions that are a guarantee that you to be well supported. You are free to choose the institution where you want to be treated.

An Overview of Medical Surgery in France


If you are considering medical tourism then you will want to know a bit more about the country in which you may be trusting your health. If you are considering France then you may be interested to know that French surgeons are highly qualified and respected worldwide. With tens of thousands of surgeons registered in France there is certainly not a shortage to choose from. If choosing medical tourism you will have access to a wealth of surgeons who have opted to practice privately. Some may also work within the public health system as French surgeons may choose to combine private and public practice. However, all surgeons who work for France Surgery are of any extremely high standard.  The healthcare system in France has been ranked number 1 by the World Health Organisation, meaning that wherever in France you choose to have surgery you will have access to excellent medical care. This high quality healthcare has been achieved due to the French National Authority for Health issuing high-quality requirements which must be met throughout the French healthcare system. All facilities which offer surgery must be accredited and regulated by the French National Authority for Health and so you can rest assured that any clinic you may choose will offer outstanding quality surgery and recovery. Photo Credit: WHO

France Surgery Treatment Centre Locations


The World Health Organisation have ranked the French Healthcare System are number 1 in the world. If you choose France Surgery to take care of your medical needs this means that you will be receiving treatment within the best healthcare system the world has to offer with highly skilled doctors and surgeons to ensure your procedures run smoothly. France Surgery does not just offer excellent quality medical treatment and care it also offers convenience. With clinics in more than 33 locations throughout France if you are a resident then you will never have to travel too far to find your local clinic. If you are an international visitor who is choosing a medical tourism package then France Surgery really has made sure you have an excellent choice. Whether you would like your recovery to be in the romantic surroundings of Paris, or you would like to paddle your way through your recovery time in the Mediterranean Sea off the South-East coast in Nice, France Surgery has made these options realities. With so many places to choose from and packages which can include time for you to take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the climate that France has to offer, France Surgery is the sensible choice. Photo Credit: France Surgery