During your stay in Paris, you may need to experience the French medical system; unless you come on purpose to use it for one good reason: it is universally regarded as excellent, though one of the best value for money in the world. Hospitals, private clinics, but also dentists and plastic surgeons are providing a better level of aknowledgement and services that their counterparts in the other Western countries. Dentistry and plastic surgery, when you know which bell to ring, can even be more competitive and safer than is South East Asia or Brazil.
This section features information about how to locate a doctor, hospital, dentist or plastic surgeon, It is completed with our listing of useful telephone numbers.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
SOS MEDECINS: If you are traveling and have a medical issue, the reception at your hotel will promptly manage a doctor for you. It might be a costly solution, as “on duty” doctors tend to overcharge quite a lot. Alternatively, you can call SOS Médecins. They will visit your hotel or residence 24 hours a day with a medically equipped vehicle.
The doctors are French, but do speak varying degrees of English. Price for a visit is relatively cheap (under €100, cash or check, no credit card).
Emergency call: 3624
SAMU (Emergency Medical Assistance Service): In case of serious emergency, dial the Pan-European number 112. Calls are received by either SAMU or the fire brigade, and then instantly forwarded to the ad hoc service. Alternatively, you can dial 15 to get to SAMU directly and talk to a doctor who can determine the most suitable response implement it by sending and ambulance with a mobile resuscitation unit... or even a medical helicopter!
Emergency call: 15 or 112
There are thousands of pharmacies in Paris. If a pharmacy is closed, it always lists on the door another pharmacy in the neighborhood that’s open.
PHARMACIE ANGLAISE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES: This is surely the most accessible english-speaking pharmacy in Paris, centrally located near the best hotels. Since 1890, it provides tourists and expatriates with the French equivalent of US and UK medicines and translation of your prescription if you visited a french-speaking doctor.
PHARMACIE ANGLAISE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES: 62 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0) 9 83 75 97 98
ANGLO-AMERICAN PHARMACY: Another great address, a stone's throw from the Champs Elysées, where to obtain the precious help you need in your native tongue.
ANGLO-AMERICAN PHARMACY: 37 Avenue Marceau, 75016 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0)1 47 20 57 37
THE BEST HIGH-END HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN PARIS
Health care in French public hospitals varies very much in quality, depending where you receive your treatment. Depending on the level of emergency and pathology, doctors will decide where to dispatch a patient. We have listed here the best private hospitals in Paris. If you are paying out-of-pocket, your bill will likely be quite a bit higher here than in a French public hospital. However they do understand international-style health insurance procedures and reimbursements, and you may feel more comfortable here.
THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS: On the far western edge of Paris, in the posh suburb of Neuilly, this bi-lingual, five star private not-for-profit hospital frequented by the elite, featuring all specialities from obstetrics to oncology, has not less than 350 nursing staff and 228 medical technicians for 145 in-patient hospital beds! Its intensive care (ICU) and coronary care (CCU) make it one of the most efficient emergency centers in Paris.
Menus “à la carte” compete with the best restaurants, and the bedrooms are actually most pleasant and comfortable: featuring elegant suites which can be shared with your family... or body-guards!
One of the most expensive hospitals in France, it has a dedicated department providing preliminary information regarding hospitalization costs and medical fees. The American Hospital of Paris co-operates efficiently with the leading insurance companies from around the world: some of them covering expenses by 100%.
THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS: 63, Bd Victor Hugo 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
PHONE: +33 (0)1 46 41 25 25
CLINIQUE BIZET: This human sized hospital, located in Paris “Golden Triangle” is amazingly well equiped. The only private institution in Paris with a certification in “Heavy Rhythm”, recognizing the competence of one of the best cardiology team in France, with reputed medical and surgical platforms, the Clinique Bizet is mostly frequented by wealthy patients from the 8th and 16th “arrondissements”. Expatriates and tourists alike are nevertheless welcome. Most of doctors and some dedicated nurses speak a fluent english.
Competiting in term of services and equipments with the American Hospital of Paris, the Clinique Bizet is one of the most affordable leading private hospitals in Paris.
CLINIQUE BIZET: 23 rue George Bizet, 75116 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0)1 40 69 34 34
CLINIQUE INTERNATIONALE DU PARC MONCEAU: Totally refurbished in 2011 with the highest comfort in term of hospitality and top class equipment (including a high-tech medical imaging department), this intimate 100-bed clinic hosts the first private self-care dialysis center in Paris (35 dialysis stations).
Reputed for its vascular surgery department, the hospital implemented recently a new cancer treatment decision making process to involve multi-disciplinary expertise. It has been fully accredited for surgical treatment of breast, gynecological and skin cancers, by the Inca (National Cancer Institute).
The clinic has one of the best upper limb and hand surgery departments in France, a well equipped trauma center, and its “Gynécosphère” (Centre International de Gynécologie de Paris) is reputed for its fertility treatments.
CLINIQUE INTERNATIONALE DU PARC MONCEAU: 21, Rue de Chazelles, 75017 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0)1 48 88 25 25
THE BEST PLASTIC SURGEONS IN PARIS
DOCTOR VINCENT MASSON: Less than 40 years old, but already a top 5 best plastic surgeons in Paris: board-certified Dr Vincent Masson has achieved the highest diplomas (DESC plastic/reconstructive surgery, Gold Medal of the Residents of Paris Hospitals), before training and managing in plastic / reconstructive surgery services in the most prestigious medical structures in France (Saint Louis, Henri Mondor, Trousseau, Pitié-Salpétrière, and Foch public hospitals). He receives courteously his patients for consultations and light interventions (Botox, filler…) in his elegant and well-appointed cabinet located close to the Arch or Triumph: a stone’s throw from the major hotels in Paris, it is of prime access to his international clientele.
What could incitate a foreigner to visit Dr. Masson? We would say, from our personal experience, his patients’ feedbacks, and also his replies to our interview, that the amazingly natural results of a most basic intervention, like Botox, or more sophisticated surgery, always come with the “French touch”. This is what makes his patients cross the oceans; often coming from countries where plastic surgery is more common –and sometimes cheaper- compared with France. Lawyers, CEOs, models and celebrities confidently visit Dr. Vincent Masson’s cabinet, after waiting patiently 3 until 4 months to obtain an appointment.
Specializing in breast augmentation and cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Masson is also acclaimed for artistry body contouring using high definition liposuction, liposculpture, tummy tuck as body enhancing, calf implants and buttock implants. Dr. Masson also specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face: including face lift, fat augmentation, and eyelid surgery. He surprised us, explaining that scrotal lift was the new trend in male grooming, bringing him more and more patients.
Besides his formation, what did we like from Dr. Masson? First of all, he made you feel at ease from the very first visit. It was complimentary, as an introductory consultation; unlike with most of the plastic surgeons in Paris charging EUR 100 up. He is not a “pushy merchant”, but a doctor: which is worth the mention, due to the reputation of some plastic surgeons, paired with the envy of some patients to get always more from the scalpel. Only expect from him what suits your health and psychological comfort: he deontological won’t sell you the extras which would over cost and eventually harm you. Last but not least, he operates in one of the best private hospitals in Paris: Clinique Blomet. Established in 1888 and located amidst a 5000 sq.m lushly park in the heart of Paris, “Class A” accredited by Ministry of Public Health HAS, it has the most modern and performant plastic surgery structure in Paris. A competitor of the American Hospital in Paris, it is unbeaten in term of security and comfort. Patients are of course guaranteed confidentiality from stepping into the cabinet till clearing the clinic.
DOCTOR VINCENT MASSON: 10 rue de la Terrasse, 75017 Paris, France
PHONE: +33 (0)1 44 71 02 18
DOCTOR SEBASTIANO MONTONERI: Located close to the Champs Elysées, Doctor Sebastiano Montoneri's plastic surgery cabinet attracts patients from France and overseas. The skill and high degree of deontology of the first plastic surgeon in Paris, by reputation and by the number of operations performed, makes this address one of the most visited in France for all kind of operations: from Botox and filler, till more sophisticated process like V-Lift and plastic surgery (hair implantation, lifting, blepharoplasty, buttock implants, liposuction, abdoplasty, etc).
Graduated in France, trained in USA and Brasil, member of the National Board of Medicine (Ordre National des Médecins), Sebastiano Montoneri takes great care of his patients during the all process of surgery; he never delegates any kind of treatment he has been hired for to a colleague. Last but not least, his patients are comfortably and safely treated in the prestigious Clinique des Champs Elysées.
We have successfully experimented Botox and filler with Dr Montoneri, and interviewed him about his experience and suggestions to those who would like to visit a plastic surgeon for the first time.
DOCTOR SEBASTIANO MONTONERI: 107 rue de la Pompe, 75016 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0) 1 45 02 13 75
THE BEST DENTISTS AND IMPLANTOLOGISTS IN PARIS
THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS DENTAL ORAL SURGERY DEPARTMENT: With 20 dentists and implantologists trained in the best medical universities in the USA, this is one of the best addresses for those looking for the same perfection, same service... and same price compared with the celebrated Park Avenue dentists in New York. Caring the wealthy expatriates, movie stars and statesmen alike, the “Head and Neck” department at The American Hospital of Paris employs a reputed team of implatologists using the latest technologies years before their official introduction in France.
A chic address for a most professional treatment.
THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS ORAL SURGERY DEPARTMENT: 63, Bd Victor Hugo 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
PHONE: +33 (0)1 46 41 25 25
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