WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ARE YOU SETTLING IN FRANCE ?
You must be wondering how you will access health care and how your health costs will be paid. Understanding the French health system can be tricky. Let’s start with the basics.
ACCESSING THE FRENCH SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM:
YOUR RIGHTS AND REGISTRATION PROCESS
Depending on your situation there are different ways to apply:
* Urssaf is an institution that collects the contributions.
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PUMa (the abbreviation stands for “Protection Universelle Maladie”) provides a cover to all persons residing in France on a stable and regular basis (regardless of employment).
On one condition! You must prove that you have been resident in French territory on an uninterrupted basis for at least 3 months, and that you reside there for at least 6 months per year. In some specific situations, you might not need to meet this condition ; for example, if you move to France to join family members.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once your rights have been opened, which might take up to a couple of months, you can apply for a Carte Vitale (France’s health insurance card – for over 16s only). This green card with a chip allows automatic transfer of your repayment forms to France’s Social Security, for example following a doctor’s consultation. You will be able to access your personal account via Ameli.fr website (available only in French) and download your Attestation de Droits (rights certificate), the certificate that attests you are entitled to benefit from French Social Security. It is a useful document while waiting for your Carte Vitale.
It’s important to know that standard state French health insurance only covers part of your costs.
How much you’ll be reimbursed depends on:
We strongly recommend that you contact the French health insurance advice line with English-speaking advisors.
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