IT looks as though some sort of agreement between the UK and French departments involved in the recent changes to health cover has been reached - after a month or more of mixed messages and worry for people.
Basically for anyone now arriving in France who is considered inactive and below UK retirement age, affiliation to the French health system, CMU, will no longer be available.
For those who currently live in France, but are also inactive and below UK retirement age, then these people have until March 31, 2008 to arrange private medical insurance, before they will be ejected from the CMU scheme.
A recent development has been the news that if anyone is resident in France for five years then they will be able to register with the health insurance scheme.
But there is still one question that is outstanding, and that is how people who have a pre-existing medical condition will be able to purchase private medical insurance to ensure they are covered?
It is likely this question will end up going to the European Parliament as it is being argued that this is a restriction on free movement between member states, so don't rule out future changes.
Below is a collection of recent articles from across the web:
Department of Health
Early retirees to France – important changes to the French healthcare system
Six-month deadline for 'inactive' Britons to find health cover
Internet French Property
Government examining health insurance concessions
Mary Honeyball MEP
Sarkozy attacks disabled ex-pats
As always, if you have any useful website pages to share with people please feel free to add a link to it in the comment section.
Update: 16/12/07 French health changes could still bite back