Healthcare in France may not be free at the point of delivery, but many patients are able to obtain treatment without the need to make a payment.
There continues to be uncertainty over the scope of the PUMA health insurance charge, notably in relation to early retirees and those with private health insurance.
The UK government last year signed a cheque for over €250 million in payment for healthcare received by British nationals in France.
A circular published by the French government has set out the method for calculating the PUMA health insurance charge.
The British government have once again reaffirmed their commitment to continuity of health cover for retired expatriates living in Europe.
Many thousands of expatriates have incorrectly been sent a notice for the payment of the PUMA health contribution, when they are not liable to pay the charge.
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Travel costs for health treatment are, under certain conditions, covered in full or in part by the health system in France.
Since last month the charge for a visit to your French doctor has increased from €23 to €25, the first such increase since 2011.
'Dependant' spouses of those with a State retirement pension have the automatic right to health cover in France through the S1 certificate issued to their partner.
The rules may be tightly drawn, but those on a low income are entitled to assistance with health service charges and insurance premiums.
For European nationals resident in France, the process of obtaining a European Health Insurance Card depends on your insurance status.
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