On Seeing a Doctor in Paris

Pharmacies are everywhere in Paris
Pharmacies are everywhere in Paris. Photo via Google maps.

We were about 80 miles outside Paris, in the little medieval town of Provins, when I realized I was sick.

We cut our visit to Provins short, so I could get back to Paris to seek medical attention.

This was not a big deal except that it was the afternoon of July 13, and the next day was a national holiday — Bastille Day.

I telephoned a pharmacy near our hotel, and the pharmacist gave me the name of a local doctor that sees patients on a walk-in basis.

The doctor’s office was in a typical Haussmannian apartment building near Place Victor Hugo in the 16th arrondissement.  The building had wooden doors large enough for a horse and carriage to enter.  There was a small brass plate on the door.  We rang the bell and the doctor buzzed us in.  It was 6:59 p.m.

We entered the doctor’s suite and ventured down a curved hallway to the waiting room.  Several other patents were waiting, holding their French national health insurance cards.  There was no receptionist and no nurse.  At 7:45 p.m., the doctor called me in, the last patient of the day.  He gave me a prescription which I was able to fill in the neighborhood pharmacy before everything closed for the holiday.

The cost of the doctor visit:  35 Euro, payable with a credit card.  The medicine cost 7.50 Euro.

This is a bit less than the copay for an urgent care visit at my HMO.

If You Need to See a Doctor in Paris

Asking a pharmacist to recommend a doctor is a good first step.  Many doctors in Paris see patients without appointments.  If the pharmacy is closed, they often post information about another nearby pharmacy with extended hours.

In researching this post, I came across couple of resources that may be of some help:

Reste en bonne santé!

2 thoughts on “On Seeing a Doctor in Paris

  1. I’m so sorry that you were ill. I had a fall last year in Copenhagen and needed to either see a doctor or go to the hospital. Our hotel concierge called a doctor who made arrangements at a local socialized medicine (free) hospital for me to be seen. Additionally, since we are retired military, we called the Tricare Overseas number and they also referred us to a hospital. After a few stitches in my head and some tests, we walked out with two bags of medicine and the charge was zero. In a socialized medicine country, and not being from a socialized medicine country that they would bill, it was for them too much of a bother to bill us or make us pay.

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