French Health care system


You must get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid for the whole duration of their stay.
IMPORTANT: EHIC rules changed in July 2014. It is now no longer possible to claim a reimbursement from your home country. This is why it is important to get an EHIC before coming to France.
The EHIC card is free of charge from all European health services.  
More information about EHIC.

If you do not have an EHIC card, you have to take out a private health insurance for the whole duration of your stay.



GOOD NEWS! The French Public Health Insurance - "Sécurité Sociale" (Social Security) or "CPAM" (Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie) - becomes free of charge from September 2018

It is mandatory even if in some countries a private health / travel insurance is required for the visa application. This health insurance covers up to 70% of your medical expenses in France (GP consultation, medicines, etc.)

The registration can only be done in September and you will be covered from October onwards.


IMPORTANT: The French Public Health Insurance IS NOT A TRAVEL INSURANCE and DOES NOT COVER FOR REPATRIATION, civil liability, nor your travels across Europe. If you need such an insurance, the EDHEC ISO recommends you take out a student travel insurance.

Students have to pay the GP consultation in a first place and then claim the reimbursement to the reimbursement center they chose (more information in Reimbursement procedure)

Once you are registered, you will get a document called “Attestation de Droits” mentioning a provisional Social Security number.

The provisional social security number is enough to claim the reimbursement of your medical expenses / medicines. It takes some time to get the “carte vitale”, so we do not recommend you to apply for it if you only stay in France for a semester.

If you stay for more than a year in France, it is more convenient to apply for the CARTE VITALE as the reimbursement is automatically done.

To apply for a carte vitale, go to your reimbursement center with:

birth certificate translated into French
Fill in the official form, sign it and stick an ID picture



If you come from Quebec, please bring a copy of the

SE 401-Q-106 form provided by your home insurance and

valid for the whole duration of your stay.



Some more information about the French social security

  • A French bank account is needed to get reimbursed.
  • To be reimbursed up to 70%, it is important to declare a General practitioner to your reimbursement center (see more information in Reimbursement procedure créer un lien vers reimbursement procedure).
  • To consult some specialists, you need a prescription from your General Practitioner except from the usually frequented doctors such as the dentist, the ophthalmologist and gynecologist.

For any other specialists, you have to go through your General Practitioner first.


The French goverment leads reforms in the French Education System. From 2018 onwards, students are requested to register on a platform and pay a mandatory €90 contribution.

The link to register and a step bu step guide is sent by the EDHEC ISO to all incoming students a few weeks before their arrival.


If you want to be fully covered, then we recommend you to get a complementary insurance (called “Mutuelle”). It reimburses the 30% left and sometimes 100% of some medical expenses which are not entirely covered by French National Health Insurance. 





If you need to make an appointment at a GP or a specialist, you can do it online through MONDOCTEUR.FR

  • Choose the doctor or specialist you need to consult (be careful for some specialists you need a prescription from your GP to be well reimbursed)
  • Choose the city

And then you will have to fill out the form.

Please note that a French phone number is required to make an appointment online from this website.

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