According to the 2016 records France population over than 66.6 million. Largest city and capital is Paris. Spoken language is French (official). France is a country located on the western edge of Europe, bordered by the Bay of Biscay (North Atlantic Ocean) in west, by the English Channel in north west, by the North Sea in north, by Belgium and Luxembourg in north east, by Germany, Switzerland and Italy in east, by the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco, Spain and Andorra in south. France shares also maritime borders with the United Kingdom. Most large cities of this country are: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille etc.
France leads the world in the field of tourism with 83.7 million international tourists visiting the country in 2014. France hosts a variety of places of tourist interest like cities of cultural interest such as Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, the Alpine mountains, ski resorts, beaches, picturesque French villages, spectacular gardens and parks, and more. The country is also home to 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are well recognized globally for their outstanding universal value.
“In France, 9.7% of the GDP is contributed by the travel and tourism sector. 30% of the revenue generated by tourism is obtained from foreign tourists, while the remaining 70% is derived from domestic tourism.
Results of 2012 shows that France has 2 317 hospitals and clinics, and more than 276 200 doctors. IVF is not usually the first step in fertility treatment. IVF can be a costly and complex procedure, and only around 5 percent of couples with infertility problems carry it out. If you aren’t covered by the French medical system, it’s not that cheap, though. Some figures of around 3000-4000 euro per attempt. Remember! Not for artificial insemination alone (which is IAC or IIU in French). But quality is same as other EU countries.
Laws for IVF
The world’s first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago in Britain. But today, many people who need help having a child still face restrictions on fertility treatments. Many European countries have strict rules on who is allowed to get fertility treatments: France and Italy forbid single women and lesbian couples from using artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to conceive. And nearly everywhere in Europe except Ukraine, couples are banned from hiring a woman to carry a pregnancy for them.
In some countries, religion carries more weight. France and Italy both have strong historic ties to the Roman Catholic Church, which forbids IVF, primarily because the procedure may involve the destruction of embryos. The church is also against artificial insemination because it believes procreation should only be by a husband and wife through the natural act of sex. People in Western Europe who seek medical treatment elsewhere cannot be prosecuted at home even if the treatment is illegal in their own country. But there can be other complications. For example, in France, children born through surrogacy are not entitled to a French passport. Still, authorities are struggling with how to deal with the complexity of IVF families.
For gay and lesbian couples in France, Italy, Switzerland and elsewhere, only one partner can be the child’s legal father or mother.
“These restrictions imply that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens and that a child has to be raised in a conventional family,” said Angelo Berbotto, a lawyer and acting secretary of NELFA, Europe’s largest organization for gay and lesbian families.
The French healthcare system covers both public and private hospitals, doctors and other medical specialists who provide French healthcare to every resident in France regardless of age, income or status. This makes the French healthcare system highly accessible, even for foreigners. Additionally, the majority of French healthcare costs are covered by the state via a public French healthcare insurance scheme. It is compulsory for residents in France to register with a French health insurer, as well as register with a doctor in France and go through this doctor for most treatments in order to be properly reimbursed by the French healthcare system.
As of 2016, a new French healthcare system for foreigners known as the Protection Universelle Maladie (PUMA) allows all residents in France – working or not – to have access to French healthcare after three months of residence.
Travelling to France
Persons who are not required to have a visa to enter France’s European territory Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland;
EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Other than these countries can apply to Schengen visa: less than 90 days –60.00 EUR Long stay visa, more than 90 days – 99.00 EUR.
Fertility Treatments in France
|Inrtacytoplasmic Morphological Sperm Injection
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