I walk into the emergency room, wait ten minutes to speak to the woman at the “accueil” (or welcome desk). She takes my info for five minutes, then sends me to the cashier to pay in advance for my emergency room visit. I got to the cashier and explain that my American insurance is requiring a detailed break down of the costs, including how much for each aspect of the treatment (the doctor’s fees, the medicines, etc), or they won’t reimburse me. The woman behind the counter tells me all they have is the charge on the bill, 23 euros.

Tourist emergency as handled by the French. Americans, a must read! Read the whole story on americablog.com.

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