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QUIZ: Can you guess the cost of healthcare in different countries?

Test your knowledge of healthcare costs around the globe. You might be surprised by how much even a routine procedure like a root canal could set you back!

QUIZ: Can you guess the cost of healthcare in different countries?
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You may be the picture of health but you never know what's around the corner. If the unexpected should happen and you don't have the right health insurance plan, you could find yourself seriously out of pocket.

ASN's multi-lingual international insurance experts are always on-hand to find comprehensive cover for you wherever you go and whatever you're doing. You're not just another case to ASN, they will fight your corner to make sure your every move is covered.

Take the quiz to test your knowledge of how much you risk spending on healthcare around the world without adequate health insurance.

 

How much does healthcare cost in different countries?

 

You might be surprised by how much a routine procedure can set you back.

 

Let's get stuck in! In the United Kingdom, a routine colonoscopy can cost…

 

In Spain, the same procedure costs…

 

A root canal in Singapore can set you back…

 

Giving birth naturally in the US comes in at $10,808. Compare that to South Africa, where your bill will total…

 

Cardiac catheterisation in pricey Switzerland costs…

 

Hip hip hooray! A new hip in Spain costs just…

 

An overnight stay in an Italian hospital costs…

 

Your healthcare knowledge really needs a checkup.

 

Now that you know how much even a routine procedure can set you back, you understand the importance of protecting yourself. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

 

Your healthcare knowledge is pretty healthy

 

Well done, you know that the cost of healthcare around the world can really vary. That probably means you also understand the importance of healthcare insurance. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

 

Your healthcare knowledge is in great shape!

 

Bravo! You know that healthcare often doesn't come cheap, which means you probably know the importance of healthcare insurance too. ASN is an expert in international insurance, fighting through the insurance jungle to find you the best solution for every situation.

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* REFERENCE: All costs in this quiz were taken from International Federation of Health Plans, 2015 Comparative Price Report, 'Variation in Medical and Hospital Prices by Country'

Currency conversions correct as of March 2019.

This content was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by ASN international insurance.

 

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UPDATE: How to access mental health services in France

On World Mental Health Day, we take a look at how to access mental health services in France - and what changes will come into place in 2022.

A man sits depressed during a mental health consultation. The Covid-19 pandemic has put us all under mental strain.
Accessing mental health services in France can be difficult. Read our guide on how to navigate this system and changes on the horizon. (Credit: Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash)

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a mental toll on people around the world. France is no exception. 

According to a study conducted by French health authorities in September: 15 percent of French people are depressed (up 5 percent from pre-pandemic levels); 23 percent are anxious (up 10 percent); and 10 percent have had suicidal thoughts over the course of the year (up 5 percent). 

Accessing partially reimbursed or fully reimbursed mental healthcare in France can be difficult. Soaring demand coupled with a lack of staffing (close to a third of positions in public mental health hospitals are unfilled) means that waiting lists can be long. But there are ways to get help.

Accessing mental health services

The easiest way to book an appointment with a psychiatrist is through the Doctolib website. It is possible to filter your search for English-speaking clinicians. 

READ ALSO: How to get a carte vitale in France and why you need one

If you have a carte vitale it is possible to have partial or full reimbursement for psychiatric treatment in France. If booking an appointment online, be sure to check whether the doctor is conventionné secteur 1 to get the highest level of reimbursement possible.

You can read an approximate guide to current reimbursement levels HERE.

Psychologists (who are unable to prescribe drugs) are not considered doctors in France and therefore consultations with this kind of practitioner are rarely reimbursed. However, you may be able to access both psychological and psychiatric treatment if you can get an appointment in a Medical Psychology Center (centre medico psychologique – CMP). These services are free but often require a referral letter from a GP.

Counselling is another option. Generally less qualified than psychologists or psychiatrists, counsellors can provide a simple form of listening therapy. Anne Poulton, a retired professional counsellor with an NHS Community Mental Health team, set up the Counselling in France website after moving to France with her husband in 2000. It serves as a directory for English-speaking counsellors who may be able to help you. These services are not covered by social security.

READ ALSO: Health insurance in France – what you need to know about a mutuelle

Private mental healthcare will only be reimbursed if you have a private insurance (mutuelle) which specifically covers this kind of healthcare. It is however, easier to get an appointment quickly if you go down this route. 

Upcoming changes

In September, President Macron made a number of announcements that should significantly improve access to mental health services from an unspecified date in 2022. 

Psychological consultations will finally be at least partially reimbursed by the state – although you will need to have a recommendation letter from a GP to benefit from this.

For everyone with a carte vitale, the state has promised to cover ten psychological consultations at the price of €40 each. These ten consultations can be renewed once. After that, patients will continue to receive reimbursement, to the tune of €30 per session. 

READ ALSO: What your French health insurance card entitles you to

The French government intends to spend €50 million to cover these costs in 2022 and a further €100 million in 2023. 

CMPs are to employ a further 800 staff, which will help to absorb some of the demand for free mental healthcare. 

The government has also promised to invest €80 million in neuroscience research in a bid to find better treatments to the country’s mental health crisis. 

Helplines

SOS Helpline offers a telephone listening service in English – 01 46 21 46 46

The UK-based Samaritans can be accessed from France – 0044 8457 909090

If you are experiencing domestic violence you can call (English-speakers may not always be available) or report online HERE.

The British Consulate is able to advise you on various treatment options available but cannot give clinical advice on individual mental problems – 01 44 51 31 00

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