Healthcare in France

Doctor in FranceWelcome 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.

An Introduction to French Healthcare

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 Conventiondépassements, and complementary health insurance.

FrenchEntrée teamed up with Exclusive Healthcare to bring you all the important FAQs on health insurance in France. We also have a directory of insurance providers so you can be covered.

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.

Further information

If you can't find the healthcare information you're looking for please see our articles below.

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Healthcare Changes in France

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

Healthcare in France: the Basics

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.

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Doctors’ fees to rise in 2017

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

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Healthcare in France after Brexit

What kind of healthcare expats will be entitled to once Britain exits the EU is the make or break issue for many, particularly retirees, in determining whether or not they will return to the UK. Expats who work in France

Healthcare rights for early retirees

If you quality as an early retiree, make sure you stay ahead of the rules and regulations in order to receive the same healthcare rights as French nationals.

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Going into a clinic for an operation

A hospital visit can be stressful in any country and any language, more so when you are abroad. If you know what to expect, it can help reduce that stress slightly. A reader shares a first-hand account of a recent visit to a