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Old Aug 31st 2022, 3:31 am
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We're thinking of moving to France, the Aquitaine region. My Mum is hoping to come with us but suffers with Meniers Disease (ear related issue that she's on ongoing medication for, she's 70 years old, but very active and healthy otherwise). I'm after some advice if anyone has any experience with this and what there situation is. Obviously we'll get medical insurance for her but first hand experience would be much appreciated.Many Thanks
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Old Aug 31st 2022, 4:03 am
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Hi Holly,
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Here is a list of the chronic conditions which are covered 100% by the French healthcare system.
Affections longue durée (ALD)
She will qualify for an S1 form from DWP to cover her healthcare until she qualifies for the French system.
Have you investigated if she will qualify for a visa?

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The ALD is only of use once the OPs mother is in the French system .The important thing is to ascertain if they can visas first depending on what they intend doing in France
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Originally Posted by Listen Very Carefully
The ALD is only of use once the OPs mother is in the French system .The important thing is to ascertain if they can visas first depending on what they intend doing in France
In any case, la maladie de Ménière isn't listed as an ALD, so the OP's mother would have to pay the ORL's (ENT's) specialist's fee and eventually get partially reimbursed by the French S.S. when she's registered, and possibly by her Mutuelle (top-up insurance), recommended at her age to remburse the 30%- odd which the S.S. doesn't reimburse.
But as said, the Visa issue should be settled first.
@ Holly 22. Do any of you speak French? Whatever you intend doing in France, is your mother aware of what to expect, living in France, far from the rest of the family and friends, and possibly not being able to communicate with the locals and make new friends? She may be healthy and active now, but so was I at her age and I've had 3 operations in various places (2 of them age-related) since then. Medical consultations and hospital stays are coped with much better if one speaks the language. Most doctors speak English but prefer not to, to avoid misunderstandings, and nursing, hospitality and administrative staff usually only speak French. I posted not long ago on the problems of not speaking French when confronted with medical issues.... An important factor for your mother to take into account, and you should all think 15 years ahead and consider what will happen if/when she needs permanent care. Take a look in the Growing Old section of the Read-Me: Moving to France forum above. Fore-warned is fore-armed!
HTH, and good luck with your decision!
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Funnily enough, symptoms of "rotational vertigo" (BPPV) started to reoccurr just after posting on this thread! The earliest appointment I could get at the local (5 km away) Clinique where the ORL who diagnosed it the first time, comes once a week for consultations, was mid-October, but I managed an earlier appointment in his Montpellier Cabinet (60 km away) in over 2 weeks' time. I'm expecting a treatment of quick jerks of the head, like last time, but if your mother needs medication, an ORL will want a blood test before he/she prescribes French medicines.
My issue isn't the same as Ménière's, but I just wanted to make you aware that your mother might find it difficult to find an ORL in the area you choose, and a G.P. (if you find one who can take you all on) wouldn't be "competent" to treat her. However long the waiting times in the NHS are, the infamous medical deserts in France do exist....
Sorry to rant on about health issues for us Oldies, but they are a reality which can't be ignored....
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ORL ???
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ORL ???
Oto-rhino-laryngologue (= ENT) (indicated in earlier post!
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Originally Posted by Holly22
We're thinking of moving to France, the Aquitaine region. My Mum is hoping to come with us but suffers with Meniers Disease (ear related issue that she's on ongoing medication for, she's 70 years old, but very active and healthy otherwise). I'm after some advice if anyone has any experience with this and what there situation is. Obviously we'll get medical insurance for her but first hand experience would be much appreciated.Many Thanks
I note that you've yet to acknowledge or comment on the advise provided so far.
We often see this when a new member has not received the kind of answer they expect and are disappointed, although hopefully that's not the case with yourself.
I think you've been given some excellent advise so far. And in a helpful mood I can offer the following link which expands on the 'infamous medical deserts' that DMU referred to:



In actual fact the situation has worsened since that article was published in 2015. And if this wasn't bad enough in many areas, over the last few years with all the social unrest - with no evidence of any improvement, the question "is France the perfect place to be", opens up a whole new can of worms for debate.
Please think very carefully before making the decision to move to France with an elderly parent. Agreed it can be a fascinating place for a holiday, but when the reality and difficulties of assimilation really sink in, the day-to-day difficulties - especially with health-care and hospitalisation should not be ignored.
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https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...x-2534944.html

If the OP is still around, here's a map of the "Aquitaine Region", which indicates the worst-hit areas. The Authorities, at various levels, are trying to encourage "private" Doctors (G.P.s and specialists) to settle in these deserts, but newly qualified Doctors seem to prefer to work in hospitals ....
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The OP has also posted the same post on another expat forum on the same date as above and has received very similar advice.
She has also not responded on the other forum since Aug 31st.
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Originally Posted by dmu
https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...x-2534944.html

If the OP is still around, here's a map of the "Aquitaine Region", which indicates the worst-hit areas. The Authorities, at various levels, are trying to encourage "private" Doctors (G.P.s and specialists) to settle in these deserts, but newly qualified Doctors seem to prefer to work in hospitals ....
Tell me about it ...
I waited for an appointment with a cardiologist for 6 months and, having finally seen him, he made an appointment for a scan with himself in February ! There were no openings earlier.
I took it that, whatever is wrong with me, it's not urgent

I think the Charente Maritime is an extreme medical desert.
Newcomers will not find a GP (took me 14 months) and/or dentist and an X-ray appointment will take at least 2 months if not longer.
The only reason I've got them now is because these were 2 new doctors and I was quick in booking them.
The difference with the Var is enormous !
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Y’all want to move to Strasbourg. Medical specialists coming out of our ears.
Seriously, it’s fantastic.
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Originally Posted by Helen1964
Y’all want to move to Strasbourg. Medical specialists coming out of our ears.
Seriously, it’s fantastic.
Nah, I can't stand the Saucisse de Strasbourg (Frankfurter-style sausage).
Give me a Label Rouge designated Saucisse de Toulouse any day.
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Hi,

Nouvelle Aquitaine is huge.
We live in this part of France and here it is very easy to find a GP, a dentist, a specialist. There are parts of the Nouvelle Aquitaine where it is very difficult to get an appointment with a doctor. So better investigate before buying a property.

The french standard of medical care is quite high!
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