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lottie13
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Joined: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:23 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby lottie13 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:12 am

sorry to be boring but as you are under retirement age what health cover will you have in place

patsy47
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Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:11 pm
Location: Charente

Re: Welcome

Postby patsy47 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:35 pm

Hi Lottie
you're not being boring, I'm trying to sort out insurance and it's really hard!
I can get it but not covered for breast cancer or anything effected by the treatment until I have been clear for 2 years, with out check ups or treatment, as this will never happen I'm a bit stuck for the 2 1/2 years gap that I would have before I become classed as permenant french resident of 5 years ....
I'm hoping to get advice from anyone that may have moved with a pre existing dx since the rules changed.
We're buying our new home anyway and will use it for all the holidays from school until we can sort something (or if I win the lottery!).
Of course I could move over and have no reoccurance til I'm in my 60's but as advised it's likely seems sensible to make sure all basis are covered. I will not give in and some how we'll make it work!

csfmoneybags
Posts: 61
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:52 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby csfmoneybags » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:42 am

Patsy

Once you are in the French 'system' (CPAM/CMU) your cancer will be covered 100% by the State (it is one of the 30 'afflictions longue durée' (ALDs). Top-up insurance is needed for anything else, where reimbursements are anything from zero to 70% (currently).

There are a few 'mutuels' which will cover you more or less fully despite the cancer. We had to search for them ourselves, but have been very happy with the one we found. This is not the place to 'advertize' (against CSF policy to do so, he said as a founder member!) but if you want to send me a PM I will give you details - or give me a call on 05 45 29 08 93

Regards

Andy Shepherd

silversurfer
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Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:47 am

Re: Welcome

Postby silversurfer » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:55 am

Hello there, I live in Lower Normandy and am currently having treatment for breast cancer which spread to my ovaries. I've had two operations to remove my ovaries and am now receiving chemotherapy on a weekly basis for 6 weeks (with one week off in the middle). I'm struggling a bit with the treatment and will ask my question in the appropriate section. The care I have received is excellent and even though it's a bit of a trek to the hospital from where I live it is worth it because I know they have an excellent reputation. I have two more cycles of chemo to go through and then in June I have to go for a PET scan and then to see the surgeon for the results. I've already had radiotherapy at the same hospital 8 years ago so it is not new to me.

goldenoldie
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Joined: Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:11 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby goldenoldie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:09 am

Hi Silversurfer...sorry to hear about your chemo etc..let's hope it sorts out your cancer.
Just writing to say (as I have a tiny bee in my bonnet about this!) I noted you say you have "quite a trek to the hospital"...are you getting free transport to take you? If not, as a "Maladie Longue Durree" you have the right to transport to and from the hospital...next time you go, read the "Rights of Clients" that will be in the waiting room/reception area. These Rights are the legal code by which all hospitals in France are to work by. Trouble is, as we were saying at out AGM a couple of weeks ago, the French KNOW their rights, "foreigners" normally do not, and unless you ask for them you rarely get them. I live in a miniscule village halfway up a mountain (its 20 minutes drive down to civilisation) yet for all my hospital treatment -consultations and treatment - I have a VSL (taxi with paramedic driver) collect me and bring me home - even when its been nearly three hours drive to get there. Read the postings we have had to "Lottie" on that subject! Once you have asked and your specialist says "yes" then its all the paperwork is done by the taxi VSL company you choose.
Go on, give it a go..and good luck! :D

silversurfer
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Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:47 am

Re: Welcome

Postby silversurfer » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:35 am

Thanks for that goldenoldie. We do get a bon de transport for our car and I did use a taxi once which was paid for in full when my husband needed the car for his own hospital appointment! When I first went for radiotherapy in 2003 a Scottish girl came and spoke to me just to make sure I understood what was happening and she told me about claiming our costs. The hospital now hands out these prescriptions like sweeties :P Everybody seems to walk about clutching theirs to their chests!

goldenoldie
Posts: 193
Joined: Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:11 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby goldenoldie » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:09 pm

Hi Silversurfer..re the Bon de transport..I will tell you a little secret ...you see the hospital hand them out like sweeties for their own benefit as well as yours! (how French!)..if they know a VSL is going to pick you up, except if you are on your deathbed, the taxi WILL bring you to the appointment - so no appointments are missed saving the hospital money. Also you arrive on time without being hot and bothered because of that traffic jam that made you late or any other bother on the road so you arrive calmly and safely. On long trips (motorways) the stress is with the driver not you and other traffic are supposed to give way to VSL or ambulances (I used to travel between Perpignan and Montpellier -nearly three hours - in the fast lane most of the time! I felt like Jenson Button haha!)

I am glad you had that sorted when you first started your treatment..so many people do not. I just thank the Powers that be, that I am treated in France and not in the UK!! :D

silversurfer
Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:47 am

Re: Welcome

Postby silversurfer » Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:12 pm

Hey goldenoldie, are you stalking me??? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Only joking. We go in our own car and I was late leaving this morning as I needed to be sick (for the first time). We always leave 2 hours to get there but this morning we did it in 1 hour 10 mins - that's amazing for my husband as he is normally a slow driver. Luckily I don't do stress so wasn't worried if we were a bit late, simply because I never get to see the doctor on time and then have to wait for what feels like days before a nurse comes with the chemo. Everything ran very smoothly this morning, we weren't late and the ward wasn't busy. The nurse and her pupil were even trying out their excellent English on me.

goldenoldie
Posts: 193
Joined: Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:11 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby goldenoldie » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:23 am

Definitely not stalking you..honestly! ;) . Glad you got there in time though - especially as the chemo drugs need to be given during an optimum period. It will take some time to actually get your drugs as the protocols the nurses go through before bringing in your drugs is lengthy...no chance in French of having the wrong drug or the wrong procedure. and even the experienced nurses are monitored by their peers to make sure no "sloppiness" starts through doing the same thing over and over.
I am also glad to hear the nurses are trying out their English..its always good to get them "on your side" by being pleasant and helpful to them. You also have the added advantage that you can slip in the odd question or two and maybe get a good answer.

pennycsf
Site Admin
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Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:19 pm

Re: Welcome

Postby pennycsf » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:42 am

Oh dear, silversurfer, it DOES sound like we are stalking you!

Just read about the "excellent English" at your hospital. We have a forum on the Board for people to write useful comments about their hospital - not complaints - have a look and see if there is anything you might be able to say about yours. You could send it me in a PM and I could start a new thread with your area, if there isn't one already.

Thanks,

Penny


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