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Old Sep 16th 2018, 3:09 pm
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I am tempted by the thought of spoending a week - or two - in France. I am on Kidney Dialysis and would require treatment while in France. EHIC should be ok for that - I used it in Germany. Any thoughts ? la Rochelle takes my fancy but there are other possinilities.
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Old Sep 16th 2018, 4:28 pm
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I am tempted by the thought of spoending a week - or two - in France. I am on Kidney Dialysis and would require treatment while in France. EHIC should be ok for that - I used it in Germany. Any thoughts ? la Rochelle takes my fancy but there are other possinilities.
Hi, I imagine you'd have to get all the paperwork from your UK nephrologist first and possibly get a direct referral from him/her or consult a G.P. in France who would refer you to the nearest Nephrologist/Dialysis Centre. The UK nephrologist should know whether the EHIC card would work, the French Healthcare System being different from Germany's.... Find out about ordering an Ambulance to take and collect you each time - it's the French G.P. or Specialist who issues the Bon de Transport, and three trips a week would be expensive if you find you have to pay up-front.
If you haven't decided on your destination, you could first contact the Centres in towns which interest you, via les Pages Jaunes: "Centre de Dialyse" + the town + "à proximité" in case there isn't one in the chosen town, to find out the administrative procedure with regard to foreign tourists, as they see it.
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Old Sep 17th 2018, 9:10 am
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Shouldn't be a problem with EHIC but as DMU says, arrange it first. Is there maybe a dialysis support organisation in the UK that helps with this? I know that for some conditions, there are. A company I worked for in France once hosted a kid who needed regular blood transfusions and it was all arranged through a support organisation, they told his parents exactly what paperwork they needed and what to arrange in advance, and provided a comprehensive list of emergency contacts just in case. It all went very well.
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Kidney Care in Uk is the org here. It is all done through your own dialysis unit. .EHIC defintely works - and may well continue after BREXIT Watch this space

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