The Healthcare System

This is the second in a series of bitesize information posts devised by the admin team for easy access and a reminder to members.


Those covered at present by S1 Healthcare from the UK (State pensioners, certain posted workers, or those that work in the UK, and their dependants)

In the case of a 'deal' Brexit your cover will not change as the Withdrawal Agreement includes provision for the continuation of the S1.

In the case of a 'no deal' Brexit the French Ordonnances published earlier this year state there will be a 2 year grace period during which they hope to reach a reciprocal agreement with the UK. If none is reached it is envisaged that you will (as for other Third Country Nationals) be affiliated into the French universal health system.

Those who are in work, either employed or self-employed, or indeed receive a French state pension, and covered under the French healthcare system nothing will change under either Brexit as France is your competent state.

If you have taken early retirement and are classed as 'inactif'. Again you are eligible for cover, after 3 months in the French Healthcare system under the PUMa (Protection Universelle Maladie) scheme. This will not change whether there is a 'deal' or 'no deal' Brexit. The only change will be as above on reaching state retirement age.

One thing to remember is that Third Country Nationals can be covered by the French Healthcare system after 3 months - this will also be applicable to UK citizens living in France after Brexit.

Eventually, all healthcare in France will be administered by CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie), whether you are in work, covered through PUMa or covered by S1 healthcare.

There is an English speaking helpline for CPAM who are very helpful and informative. Their telephone number is 08 11 36 36 46