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Health insurance


Having health cover is absolutely essential in France whether you are a PhD student, a researcher, an employee or an invited staff member. This policy is called Assurance maladie (health insurance) and it allows everyone to have health care according to their needs, no matter their age or the level of their income. Today, nearly 55 million people are guaranteed health care in France in the frame of this insurance.

Health insurance covers a large part of health care costs that you may have.



If you have the nationality of a country belonging to the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, think about getting a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own country.

  • Possession of this card will allow you to claim back any health costs which you may acquire while in France, and will also allow you to stay attached to your own social security system.
  • Please be aware that the EHIC card is only valid for a certain period of time.
  • You must apply for the card in your own country as it is not something that you will automatically receive.

You have the nationality of a country which DOES NOT belong to the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland:

  • If you are younger than 28 when you register in France, you will automatically receive obligatory student social security. The payment of this policy will be set up at the same moment when you register within the Higher Education Institution in France.
  • If you are older than 28 or you will have your 28th birthday during the academic year (between September 1st and August 31st), you must contact the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie - CPAM (primary health insurance organization) where you live in order to register for another type of a social security policy.

If you are registered as a student and you will also be working during your studies, you can change your health insurance policy under certain conditions and be under the general health insurance scheme. In this situation you are exempt from Student Social Security and are instead considered as an employee.



You must be registered with French health insurance (Assurance maladie) in order to be covered for health costs. In the month that follows the start of your contract you must go to the Caisse Primaire d'assurance maladie - CPAM (primary health insurance organization) in the area where you live to claim your social security rights. The fees for your health insurance will be automatically deducted from your salary.

For paid employees working at the University of Burgundy and living in the Côte d'Or, your registration must be completed at the Mutuelle générale de l'éducation nationale (MGEN) (General National Education Cooperation). If you are earning and living outside of Côte-d'Or you must register with the CPAM of your location.

  • MGEN of Côte-d'Or

13 Bd de l'Université, 21000 DIJON
www.mgen.fr
The application forms for MGEN Côte-d'Or are available through Euraxess Burgundy office as well as at the MGEN.

  • CPAM of Nièvre

50 rue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, 58000 NEVERS
www.ameli.fr

  • CPAM of Saône and Loire

4 Avenue de Verdun, 71200 LE CREUSOT
www.ameli.fr

  • CPAM of Yonne

1 Rue du Moulin, 89000 AUXERRE
www.ameli.fr



If you have the nationality of a country belonging to the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, think about getting a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own country.

  • Possession of this card will allow you to claim back any health costs which you may acquire while in France, and will also allow you to stay attached to your own social security system.
  • Please be aware that the EHIC card is only valid for a certain period of time.
  • You must apply for the card in your own country as it is not something that you will automatically receive.



If you have the nationality of a country which DOES NOT belong to the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland there are several possibilities:

  • The Alfred Kastler Foundation provides health insurance for researchers who are not eligible to a general social security policy. In order to benefit from this service register for free on ALFRED via FnaK website and take a look at the different offers which have been negotiated for guest researchers.

  • Couverture maladie universelle - CMU (Universal Health Insurance) offers the right to benefit from health insurance as well as maternity care under the general policy of social security for employees. The application for basic CMU insurance is completed at the Caisse primaire d'Assurance Maladie - CPAM where you live, and only once you have lived there for 3 months.
    • Conditions: You cannot be an employee in France or attached to another social security system in another country, and you must be able to justify an ongoing and uninterrupted stay in France for 3 months.

  • Private Insurance from your own country: if your stay in France is only short term (less than 3 months) register for a private health insurance policy before you arrive in France. Make sure you ask your insurance company for a certificate stating that you have complete insurance and therefore do not need to get another health insurance once you arrive in France. Travel or tourism insurance is often insufficient as it often only covers hospital costs. For example, under these policies you are not covered for visits to the doctor.

  • Bilateral conventions with France: there are certain countries with which France has mutual bilateral agreements and if you come from one of these countries you will remain attached to your home country's health system and therefore you will benefit from a reimbursement of your medical costs in France.
    • Take a look at the Centre des Liaisons Européennes et Internationales de Sécurité Sociale - CLEISS (Centre of european and international liaisons of social security) website in order to find the list of countries which have bilateral agreements with France.
    • Find out from your own Social protection system if this bilateral agreement includes health insurance and accidents, and if so exactly what the conditions are.
    • If you are able to benefit from this programme find out whether you can have a certificate from your own medical insurance to prove your affiliation.




Complementary health insurance

Health insurance which is linked to social security will reimburse only partially your health costs.An additional health insurance, called mutuelle, can help you to cover the costs and fees which are left up to you.

Some options:

  • Company Health insurance policies: certain companies and organisations choose to take out a company policy and therefore an employee of this company can choose or can be obliged to take out an extra insurance policy with this insurance. The company can help to cover the costs either completely or partially. At the end of your contract you can keep this health policy under certain conditions. For more information contact Human resources at the company where you work.
  • Couverture maladie universelle complémentaire CMU-C (additional universal health cover) is an additional and free policy. It can be obtained under certain conditions regarding where you live and your income.
  • Additional health insurance of your choice: if you do not have to register with your company's cooperative, you can chose a cooperative of your choice. There are many organisations who propose this type of additional health insurance.

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Benefit from having personalised support before and during your stay in France as well as offers negotiated especially for you such as administrative assistance, insurance and health cover, bank accounts, the possibility to take French lessons and help to find housing. You can gain access to all this by registering with ALFRED©.

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