Information for Patients
The French healthcare system is funded in part by obligatory health contributions levied on all salaries, and paid by employers, employees and the self employed; in part by central government funding; and in part by users who normally have to pay a small fraction of the cost of most acts of health care that they receive. The French healthcare system consists of an integrated network of public and private services including doctors, hospitals, and specialist providers. It is generally recognised as offering one of the best services of public health care in the world.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Only medical professionals who are citizens of the EU and have obtained their diploma there have their credentials recognized and are authorized to practice medicine in France. There is only one exception from this rule, if a hospital has been established on French territory by a foreign organization and obtained recognition of its public benefit before June 10, 1949, the Ministry of Health may allow, by special decree, a number of foreign practitioners attached to this hospital to practice medicine in France (e.g. American Hospital of Paris). French language proficiency confirmed by a relevant certificate is a requirement for everyone aspiring to work in France.
Information for Travelers
Short term visitors from the EU with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card have automatic access to state healthcare in France. Visitors who do not come from EU countries must take out private health insurance cover in order to benefit from health service in France. Many doctors and pharmacists speak English, although mostly in larger cities. Medical tourism is popular in France due to its high-quality healthcare.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: http://www.social-sante.gouv.fr/