THE French health service works by reimbursing people around 70% of the medical expenses, with the rest either paid out of your pocket or via supplementary insurance.
In France the cost of medicines are quite low and there is a useful website that provides you with details of prices.
The Base des Médicaments et Informations Tarifaires (BdMIT) provides a simple way of finding out the cost of tablets and other medicaments that are covered by the health system.
It is a very simple site that allows you to type in either the name of a medication or the CIP code, which is found on the box.
Then you can either find out details of medicines not covered by the welfare system or those that are, the information goes beyond just prices with production details and dates also available.