Health insurance is mandatory. Why?
France's system of social protection is one of the world's best. The system covers all or part of the health-care costs of insured parties. On average, social security covers about 70% of the expenses related to an illness. Students may obtain supplemental health insurance coverage.
Students under the age of 28 are covered by social security when they register with an approved educational institution. After age 28, non-European students must join the social security system through the health insurance consortium closest to their residence. Addresses for those organizations, known as caisses primaires d'assurance maladie(or CPAMs° can be found on the website of the social security system: www.ameli.fr.