Becoming ill while traveling is undoubtedly an inconvenience, however, if you do get sick during your trip to Paris, in some ways you can consider yourself lucky. France’s healthcare system is consistently rated among the top 10 in the world and it’s also one of the most cost-effective.
While a doctor’s visit in the United States can easily cost you more than $150, in France, the typical consultation costs just 25€. The cost of medicines and hospital fees are much lower than in the United States as well, so don’t worry about seeking out the care you need. Here’s what you can do if you’re feeling under the weather while you’re in Paris.
If you have a migraine or the common cold, head to the
If you’re sick on a Sunday, you’ll find many pharmacies are closed, but a few pharmacies de
Pharmacie République, Place de la République, 75003
Pharmacie Lafayette Des Halles, 10 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75004
Pharmacie Monge – Notre Dame, 1 Place Monge, 75005
Pharmacie du Drugstore des Champs-Élysées, 133 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris (English spoken by all the staff)
Pharmacies Les Champs, 84 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Pharmacie Internationale Place Pigalle, 5 Place Pigalle, 75009
If you have a Carte Vitale (the French insurance card), you can see a doctor and you will be reimbursed by your insurance. If you don’t have one and don’t have traveler’s insurance, you will simply pay the same fee to see a doctor (about 25€), but out of pocket. If you’d like a doctor to make a house visit, you can call the hotline +33 01 47 07 77 77. House calls are usually 70€.
If this is an emergency, and you need to go to the hospital, you can call for an ambulance at the emergency number 112 and they will send one. Otherwise, simply walk into any hospital’s Urgences (emergency department) and they will see you.
Here are a few public hospitals in Paris with emergency departments:
Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, 1 Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, 75004
Paris Hôpital Saint-Louis, 1 Avenue Claude Vellefaux, 75010
Paris Hôpital Saint-Antoine, 184 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris
Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpetrière, 47-83 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013
Paris Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015
This weekend is a particularly good time to be in Paris. Saturday and Sunday, September 21 - 22, 2019, mark the 36th edition of the Journées du patrimoine, also called the European Heritage Days.
If you’ll be in Paris this Friday, September 13th, large strikes will be affecting most public transportation. Transport unions have called for a grève in protest against pension reforms and the RATP (the Parisian transport operator) foresees 'heavily disrupted' traffic conditions.