France's emergency services are conveniently streamlined. Every town and village has a médecin de garde (on-duty doctor) for flus, sprains, tetanus shots, and similar problems. Larger cities have a remarkable house-call service called "SOS Médecins" (SOS Doctors, or "SOS Dentistes" for dental emergencies); dial 08–20–33–24–24. The cost is minimal, compared to the United States, about €70 for a house call). If you need an X-ray or emergency treatment, call an ambulance (dial 15).
Most hotels will be able to help you find help in the case of a medical emergency. Note that outside Paris it may be difficult to find English-speaking doctors.
Pharmacies can be helpful with minor health problems and come equipped with blood-pressure machines and first-aid kits. They also can be consulted for a list of practicing doctors in the area, nearby hospitals, private clinics, or health centers.
On the street the French phrases that may be needed in an emergency are: Au secours! (Help!), urgence (emergency), samu (ambulance), pompiers (firemen), poste de police (police station), médecin (doctor), and hôpital (hospital).
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