How to claim back medical expenses
You will be required to pay on the spot for a consultation with a general practitioner. The cost of an appointment is currently 23 €.
The doctor will give you a form specifying the treatment dispensed, which has to be sent to the local Social Security Office for regulation (though only partial) reimbursement of the visit and any medication prescribed.
On presentation of the prescription the chemist will fill in a form specifying all medication bought. Send this, with the copy of the prescription, the doctor’s treatment form and a photocopy of your C.E.A.M. certificate, to your Social Security Office.
Social security insurance will reimburse you up to a part of the consultation and medicine by bank transfer directly to your account (don’t forget to join particulars of your bank account for the first reimbursement).
If you go consistently to the same pharmacy, ask the chemist to allow you to benefit from the "tiers-payant" system (a system of direct payment by Social Security - you do not have to pay in advance for your medication, and do not have to stick the self-adhesive labels on the form given you by the doctor).
Last updated: June 2012