If you are looking for a family doctor or GP as an expat there are several steps you can take to find a suitable medical professional for your needs.
Finding an expat doctor: where to start:
How to find a doctor as an expat in France?
To access day to day healthcare in France you must ensure you are registered in the French Social Security System. Your new employer may do this for you but ultimately it is your responsibility, so double check yourself.
The l’Assurance Maladie should be your first port of call to find a family doctor (médecin traitant). Once you have chosen a suitable doctor, you need to register to access repayments of medical costs by providing the URSSAF (Unions de recouvrement des cotisations de Sécurité sociale et d’Allocations familiales) with several documents. Once the registration process is complete, you should receive a green card (carte vert) which is your state health insurance card. If this doesn’t happen within a few weeks, you will need to follow up as it isn’t always automatically issued. Find out more about healthcare in France in our more comprehensive guide to the French healthcare system.
How to find a doctor as an expat in Singapore?
How to find a GP as an expat in England?
To access medical treatment in England you need to register with a family doctor known as a General Practitioner (GP). You can find a list of GP services on the NHS website. This is a good place to start to identify doctors in your area. Many practices will have online reviews that you can use to see if it could suit you and your needs.
A GP may refuse to register you for one of two reasons:
- The practice has no capacity for new patients
- You do not live within the catchment area of the practice
You may have to wait to see a GP if you are accessing their services through the NHS. Find more information on healthcare in England with our guide.