5 Culture Shocks at the Doctor’s Office in France

Side view of female doctor's hands placed on laptop computer. Blue stethoscope on the table next to the computer.

As an American living in France, I’ve noticed many differences between healthcare in the United States and France. Going to the doctor in France is a cultural experience in and of itself. By now, I’ve been to several different types of health professionals in France, from general doctors to specialists. Here are some culture shocks I’ve personally experienced at the doctor’s office in France.

Online Renewal of “Vie privée et familiale” Visa or Carte de Séjour

10 year carte de résident (residence permit) as the spouse of a French citizen, obtained after renewing the carte de séjour vie privée et familiale

Wondering how to request and renew the carte de séjour “vie privée et familiale” (CdS VPF) using the new online procedure? As the spouse of a French citizen, I recently went through the process of renewing my VPF card and have detailed my entire experience in this post. Additionally, I was approved, not only to renew my right to stay in France but was also granted the 10-year carte de résident as the spouse of a French citizen.

Four-Year Blogging Anniversary

4 candles on a pink birthday cake with white and gold icing dripping down the sides

It’s been over four years since I quit my teaching gig and packed up my bags to join my Frenchman in France. The Américaine in France blog started as a way to keep me busy during the transition of an international move, but it has turned into so much more. I can’t thank you enough for joining me on this adventure! I am so grateful for this community that we’ve created together. Let’s celebrate with a roundup of highlights from four years of life in France.