There are a range of of after-care services available on discharge from hospital in France, but they operate in a somewhat fragmented manner.
The term used for after care support in France is ‘retour à domicile’.
These services should ordinarily be arranged by the hospital, and most are delivered promptly and to a high standard, but reports are not uncommon of patients being left to their own devices. Even where they may be organised, it is important to ensure that they are adapted to your needs. The position is often more complicated for expatriates who may not have an automatic right to certain services.
Karine Finet, who runs the medical support agency ‘Medicial’ states that: “Everyone who enters the hospital has a right to something. But if you don’t plan ahead, you have to do everything in a hurry.”