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Health while on Holiday
Before you go.
There a few of things that you should do before you go on
holiday. First, if you or any of your party suffer from any major
illness or disabilities you should check with your GP to see if there
any problems in travelling to another country that you should be aware
of, and you should get adequate supplies of any medicines or dressings
that you may need.
Secondly you should make sure that there are separate current EHIC cards
for each member of the party, they are free to UK nationals for
temporary visits. Anyone who doesn’t have an EHIC card can obtain one by
filling in a form obtainable from most UK post offices, or on online. Further information on EHIC by accessing this link, but this needs to done several weeks before your departure. The EHIC covers approx 80% of the cost which can be recovered from the CPAM
Thirdly you should make sure that you have adequate insurance. Good
holiday insurance is a must not only for the recovery of medical
expenses not covered by your EHIC such as repatriation if needed but for
peace of mind. A good holiday insurance will cover all the other things
that can go wrong while your away from home.
While away on Holiday. Should you need care
Hospitals. There are 8 emergency hospitals in the Vendée as well
as those at Nantes, Cholet, Niort and La Rochelle which may be nearer
depending where you are.
The Hospitals in the Vendée are at:
Fontenay-le-Comte,11,rue Dr.R Laforge,(ZI Trois Cannons) Tel 02 51 53 51 53
Lucon. 41 Rue Henry Renaud. Tel.02 51 28 33 33
Challans. Tel.02 51 49 50 00
Les Sables D'Olonne. 75, Ave d'Aquitaine.Tel.02 51 32 05 77
Montaigu 54, Rue st.Jacques.Tel.02 51 45 40 00
La Roche -sur-Yon Les Oudaires
La Roche-sur-Yon Hopital-Sud. Tel.02 51 44 61 61
Ile d'Yeu. 17, Impasse Louis Rreymond. Tel 02 51 26 08 00
Virtually every large village will have a doctor and there will be
several in the towns. Most will speak some English and many prefer to
talk in English as this lessens the risk of a error.
Doctors fall into 2 groups, those that charge the standard fee agreed
nationally and those who charge more. The majority of doctors are in the
first group, the second group often include specialists.
Although it is normal to get an appointment most will accept those who
just turn up at the surgery. If it is not very urgent get an
appointment, your local chemist (pharmacy) or Mairie will usually help.
You will be asked to pay a standard fee (22€-2009) which you can get a reimbursement of approx 60% (if you an EU member).
Visiting a dentist for emergency care while on holiday is similar to
visiting a doctor, there are however fewer dentist and it may be
necessary to ask at a Pharmacy for the nearest. The pharmacist should
also be able to make an appointment for you with the Dentist.
Getting a reimbursement for the treatment is the same as for Doctors and Pharmacies
Hospitals. To call for assistance Telephone 15 Ambulance, 18
Sapour Pompiers(Road and major accidents) or if you are on a mobile and
neither of the above numbers connects you, use the 112 international emergency number, this is especially useful if you are in a remote place and not sure of your location.
Admission to hospital
For an adult who has to be admitted to a hospital the following applies.
After admission you will need to take the patient’s European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
and passport to the Bureau des Entrées and register the patient, this
is quite often done for you especially if you are on your own. Normally
the EHIC covers 80 per cent of treatment, however there is a daily sejour charge of €16 plus
things like telephone and TV. You will need private medical insurance
to cover the remaining 20%, you will need to phone your company to see
if you are covered for this. After you have been discharged, you, or
your insurance company will receive a bill for these charges.
You will need to pay for the hospital charges, The Sejour, TV, telephone and meals when you are discharged, this can be done by cheque or card.
In the event that you have lost your EHIC, or forgotten to bring it with
you, you should contact The Department of Social Security, Pensions and
Overseas Benefits Directorate, Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE98 1BA
(00 44 191 218 7547) and they will fax a form to you.Child. "Service Pediatrie"
In the unhappy event that a child needs to be admitted to hospital, the
rules for registration of a patient are the same as are the
reimbursements. The main difference is that a parent is usually given a
bed alongside their child, although this is not always possible. You
will either be provided with food or told where to get it, plus you will
have shower facilities. The charge for this facility will be added to
the bill which must be paid when discharged.
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