The conditions of access to healthcare in France after Brexit is a make-or-break issue for many, particularly retirees, in determining whether or not they continue to live in France. [Originally posted in July 2016, updated 23 October 2019] Expats who…
Healthcare in France
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the French Healthcare System. Here, you can find answers to your questions about health cover in France, accessing l'Assurance Maladie, getting your carte vitale, the S1 form, or your rights in early retirement, plus useful tips and vocabulary.
New to healthcare in France? Read our introductory guide covering important aspects of the French healthcare system, including the S1 form, state healthcare, your médicin traitant, the Tarif de Convention, dépassements, and complementary health insurance.
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French Health Insurance
Find out more information about health cover in France with a few key articles.
Retirees in France
Retiring in France? find out what your rights are and the healthcare you are entitled to.
Going to the Doctor's
Need help and advice when going to the doctors in France? Check out some of our latest updates.
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There are many things to enjoy about living in France – the excellent food, the culture, the climate. It is also a country that boasts a very high standard of healthcare, but if you’re planning to reside in France long-term,…
When you present either a valid EHIC health card or Carte Vitale, do you know that the costs of medical treatment in France all fall under the same base ? This is because each medical act is classified by a…
In 2016, France introduced the Protection Universal Maladie healthcare system, PUMa for short. The goal of the new structure is to improve interaction between the different healthcare entities and streamline procedures. One of the entities that was discontinued was the former…
Stone King’s Charlotte Macdonald, a specialist solicitor in the international department tackles the minefield of diminished mental capacity when living in France. Many people think of a loss of mental capacity as being a gradual process, usually associated with age-related…
France has a very high standard of healthcare and is frequently voted at the top of the world’s best systems. Healthcare in France is based on a dual system, comprising the state health insurance, l’Assurance Maladie, and a private insurance ‘top up’ which is provided by private companies and mutual bodies.
After five months of discussions the Assurance Maladie invited representatives of the unions “CSMF”, “FMF”, the “SML” (generalists and specialists), “MG France” (general) and the “Bloc” (surgeons, anesthetists and obstetricians) for a final negotiation session regarding a new five-year agreement…
In January 2016, the old CMU system was replaced by the new Protection Universelle Maladie known as PUMA for short. Here’s what you need to know …
Gym equipment can be confusing at the best of times – even more so when instructions are in French. So welcome to our essential guide to vocabulary for la salle de sport.
When we pack up and set out for a new life in France, full of eager anticipation, none of us expects to become ill. The medical culture is different, the language barrier becomes even harder, friends and family are far away. CSF can help.