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How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In France

France’s social healthcare system, l’assurance maladie , is fairly comprehensive and covers almost everyone. However, expats may still decide to take out private health insurance in France for a number of reasons.

Registering with the system requires a three-month wait after arriving in the country, followed by up to another three months of submitting paperwork and waiting for responses from local authorities and doctors. Some expats c ...    more ...

How To Register With The French Health Service

France offers healthcare for everyone living in the country, whether you are an expat on a short-term assignment or a life-long citizen. However, in order to reap the benefits of the health system, you will need to register first.

L’assurance maladie is the term for the main French healthcare system, and it covers almost all health-related concerns, from GP visits to dental treatment. The only services not covered by l’assurance maladi ...    more ...

France Implements Euthanasia Law: Will Other EU Countries Follow Suit?

The topic of euthanasia is one that has long divided opinions. However, due to current happenings in France, the conversation surrounding the right to die debate has been reignited.    more ...

Everything You Need To Know About The Carte Vitale

The Carte Vitale is the national French health insurance card. Expats who qualify to register with the service benefit from having around 60 to 70 percent of their medical costs, including appointments, scans and prescriptions, covered by the state.    more ...

How Changes To The European S1 Scheme May Affect Your Expat Healthcare In France

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Under the S1 agreement, the UK will pick up the healthcare bill for British expats in member states while other European Union countries will pay for the healthcare of their citizens in the UK.

The S1 is a certificate for health insurance cover for those EU citizens moving to another member state and runs alongside the principle of freedom of movement; the holder will receive the same level of healthcare as a citizen will.    more ...

A Simple Guide To The French Healthcare System

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The French health system is rated one of the best in Europe. The state controls health expenditures funded by statutory health contributions. Statutory health insurance (SHI) is mainly financed by employer and employee taxes, but also taxes from tobacco and alcohol, health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry. Public health care is available to everyone in France regardless of their income. It is obligatory for those ...    more ...

France's Healthcare System Just Got Even Better For Expats

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A popular expat magnet, France has an excellent and robust healthcare system, with its wide network of public as well as private facilities and staff. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this country’s universal healthcare is among the best across Europe, as well as worldwide. This is only expected, since the government spends a higher than average figure on its healthcare system. More than 75% of the nation’s health expenses ar ...    more ...

The Expat Focus Guide To Healthcare In France

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No one wants to be poorly and have to visit a doctor or hospital but expats living and working in France at least have access some of the best healthcare in the world.

That's the verdict from the World Health Organisation, which puts the French healthcare offering at first place.

However, one reason why the healthcare system in France is so effective is that it requires mandatory and consists of both private and public hospitals. ...    more ...

Why Moving To France Will (Probably) Make You Healthier

The French paradox, formulated by French epidemiologists, is the observation that despite the high intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, the French population still displays a low incidence of coronary heart disease. This could mean either of two things; one, that the link between saturated fats to coronary heart disease is not entirely valid, and two, that there is some other factor in the French diet or lifestyle that diminishes the ...    more ...

Dealing with the French Health Insurance System as an Expat

Overall life expectancy at birth in France is 81.7 years and health is of an exceptionally high standard. In many ways, it excels and overtakes healthcare in countries such as the UK, with better access to new drugs, less hospital infections and pioneering research. However, that said, there is a lot to be said for the quick and easy access to free healthcare enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

The French health care system provides universal heal ...    more ...

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