Health insurance is mandatory in France and understanding how it works can be quite a pickle, even for French citizens! Don’t worry though, we’ll walk you through what matters: how you can apply, how much it is, what does it cover…
We will also introduce you to the Vitale card and explain why you should always carry it with you 😉
Here is a quick recap’ of what you need to remember:
- Registration to the French Healthcare is mandatory if you are staying more than 3 months.
- Registration is free. Once registered, you will receive a ‘Vitale card’, a physical card with a chip in it that you use to identify yourself for healthcare.
- Registration is done online, application is available in English, Spanish and French. A tutorial has also been translated in Mandarin and Arabic.