Emergencies

Where to go in cases of emergency

In case of an emergency, don't worry about insurance issues and head directly to the nearest hospital emergency room (urgences).

Emergencies

Under French law, any health organization, public or private, is required to treat patients in an emergency situation regardless of their insurance status. Nonetheless, the responsibility of deciding what constitutes an emergency rests with the medical staff.

French emergency phone numbers (free from any phone):

  •  general emergency number is 112
  •  SAMU (ambulance/medical help): dial 15
  •  Pompiers (Fire-brigade): dial 18*
  •  Police: dial 17

* The Pompiers, or Sapeurs Pompiers also acts as an emergency first-aid service, as the fire brigade and public ambulance services are combined and the Pompiers will arrive with a doctor. They can be contacted in the event of any emergency, such as, for example, when you’re not able to get to a hospital yourself.

For the latest on the state of emergency care in France, visit our website on expatriate healthcare: http://www.expathealth.org .

Under French law, any health organization, public or private, is required to treat patients in an emergency situation regardless of their insurance status. Nonetheless, the responsibility of deciding what constitutes an emergency rests with the medical staff.

French emergency phone numbers (free from any phone):

  •  general emergency number is 112
  •  SAMU (ambulance/medical help): dial 15
  •  Pompiers (Fire-brigade): dial 18*
  •  Police: dial 17

* The Pompiers, or Sapeurs Pompiers also acts as an emergency first-aid service, as the fire brigade and public ambulance services are combined and the Pompiers will arrive with a doctor. They can be contacted in the event of any emergency, such as, for example, when you’re not able to get to a hospital yourself.

For the latest on the state of emergency care in France, visit our website on expatriate healthcare: http://www.expathealth.org .

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