Health and Wellness

ECAM Lyon considers fulfillment and well-being to be a priority and as such provides programming, services, and resources to accompany students and staff on their quest for better health and working conditions.

ECAM Lyon Wellness services

Situated in the heart of Lyon, the ECAM Lyon campus is in an ideal, well-connected location. The campus’s 8 hectares of landscaped green spaces offer the students an exceptional quality of life.

ECAM Lyon offers a wide variety of holistic services to accompany students on their journey towards their optimal health and wellness including:

  • On-campus doctor
  • On-campus counselling service
  • Wide variety of sport clubs
  • On-campus gym
  • Strong social networks through student organizations

Further information and contact:

Health insurance

Affiliation to the student social security system is obligatory for all students between the ages of 16 and 28, as soon as they enter higher education, whatever their nationality.

Exceptions: students from the European Economic Area, who hold a European Health Insurance card (‘CEAM’) or a certificate of affiliation to private health insurance cover.

The school will require payment of the subscription to the student social security system (215 € in 2016). This will then be sent on to the URSSAF. Payment can be made in 3 instalments.

Social security cover entitles the student to:

  • The reimbursement of Doctors’ fees and treatment (maximum 70 % of actual costs, based on the social security convention tariffs)
  • The reimbursement of pharmaceutical products (from 15 to 65 % of their cost)
  • 80 to 100 % cover of hospital costs, according to the gravity or length of hospitalisation. For hospital stays longer than 1 day, a payment of 18 Euros a day is payable by the student.

Compulsory subscription: LMDE OR SMERRA (Student social security)

When they register, students must choose between two student organisations for their affiliation to the student social security system: LMDE or SMERRA. These organisations also offer optional, supplementary health insurance.

LMDE  (La Mutuelle des Etudiants)
6 rue de l’Abondance 69003 LYON
+33 (0)969 369 601
(Open Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 12 and from 1.30 to 4; Fridays from 9.30 to 12).

SMERRA  (Mutuelle Etudiante de la Région Rhône-Alpes Auvergne)
43 rue Jaboulay
69349 Lyon cedex
+33 (0)7 04 72 76 70 76
(Open Monday to Friday from 9 to 6.)

Health Insurance CArd

Once the student has registered with the social security system, they receive their ‘Carte Vitale’ Health Insurance card, along with an insurance certificate. The card includes a photo of the holder and stocks information on their health insurance cover, the name of their general practitioner etc. The information on these health cards can be updated at terminals to be found in pharmacies, social security centres and hospitals.

General practicioners and health care procedures

The student must provide their student social security organisation with the name of their general practitioner (choose a doctor who applies the official social security tariffs).

Gynaecologists and ophthalmologists can be consulted directly.

A list of doctors can be found on – in the ‘Health professionals’ (‘professionnels de santé’)section.

Supplementary health insurance

Supplementary health insurance is optional but is highly recommended as the costs not covered by insurance (for example: hospitalisation, excess fees practised by certain health professionals, optical treatments or dental prostheses) can be very high.

In these cases, supplementary health insurance completes the amounts reimbursed by the social security. The insurance company provides a membership document giving the student access to the direct payment system operating in some establishments for the supplementary part of health-care costs.

Yearly premiums vary enormously: from 60 €/ year (5€/month) to 621 €/year (51€75/month) according to the insurance cover selected.