If you think you have a coronavirus while you are in France, you will find health information in the Coronavirus section. Public health care in France is not free. You may have to pay a portion of the cost of each treatment. Jersey and France have a health agreement that helps cover emergency medical care if you are hospitalized during a visit to France. To get this coverage, you need a certification certificate. As a non-resident insured in another state, you are not subject to French «health pathways» laws, which require patients to appoint a health professional (primary physician) from whom they must be referred before consulting a specialist. To prove that the health care path is not applicable to you and to avoid additional costs, you must submit your European Health Insurance Card or interim replacement certificate to the doctor (general practitioner or specialist). The CEVK is not a passport for unlimited health care in France. The right is to «necessary» health care, assuming that they will continue to receive treatment upon their return to their country of origin. Visitors to the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are entitled to reduced costs or, sometimes, free and unscheduled health care through mutual agreements between these countries.

This 2018 Alliance document outlines how current mutual agreements work and the impact of a possible no deal or bad deal for both patients and health care providers. The French health care system generally does not cover the total cost of care. Some of the costs, known as the ticket moderator, are borne by the patient himself. Other fees are also at your expense: before you leave, you should apply for the European Health Insurance Card (CEVK) from your local health insurance fund. To get a more complete idea of the reimbursement levels in force in France, you need to read our following pages on how health works in France, because the image is complicated. It is important to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover emergency medical coverage and related costs. The current provisions of the CEVK are not an alternative to travel insurance, as certain health-related costs, including medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment, are not covered. Learn more about what your travel insurance should cover. The definition of `necessary health care` is similarly defined in European jurisprudence as `benefits granted to prevent an insured person from being forced to return to his or her Home Member State and allow them to continue their temporary stay in another Member State under safe medical conditions`. Under current EU law, EU citizens are entitled to mutual health care if they reside in one of the 28 EU Member States.