The American Automobile Association (AAA), in its November/December 1999 issue of "Journeys", cautions international travelers with the following observations:
"...If you must seek medical attention (abroad) for serious illness or injury, understand that most U.S. health plans - including Medicare - do not provide coverage outside of the country. You must have an international medical insurance policy to receive benefits when traveling abroad. (Policies) are inexpensive and provide coverage for medical treatment, emergency evacuation and repatriation, and accidental death and dismemberment."
The U.S. Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for France and Monaco (dated September 14, 1999) advises, "Medical care comparable to that found in the United States is widely available. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide for payment of medical services outside the United States, and U.S. medical insurance is not always valid in France."
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