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 …
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.
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.
If you can't find the healthcare information you're looking for please see our articles below.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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…
Need medical attention? Take a look at our guide of what you can expect to pay when you visit a doctor in France.
The French authorities have confirmed the cases when free state healthcare cover CMU is granted.
Introduction: Although being expensive to maintain – the World Health Organisation has stated that France spends 11% of GDP on healthcare and outranks major countries on this basis – France offers a wide choice of general practitioners and healthcare specialists.…
The WHO regularly rates the French healthcare system as amongst the best in the world. So for UK nationals planning a move to France, the question is not “can France offer me the same standard of healthcare as the UK?” but “how will I get access to the benefits of the French health service?”