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Health Insurance for Expats in France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Making the move to France? One critical choice you'll face is between local health insurance and expat health insurance. Our article provides a comprehensive comparison of both, enriched with insights from expats in France on their personal insurance decisions.

France is renowned for its high-quality healthcare system, which is accessible to both residents and expats. Understanding the health insurance landscape is crucial for expats and digital nomads moving to or living in France, as it ensures they can access the necessary medical services without facing exorbitant costs.

Health Insurance Companies in France

In France, the most popular health insurers are often tied to the public healthcare system, known as Assurance Maladie. Expats are eligible to purchase health insurance from these companies once they are registered and contributing to the social security system. Some of the well-known insurers include Allianz France, AXA France, and Groupama. These companies offer a range of products that can complement the state healthcare coverage, providing additional benefits and covering gaps that the public insurance might not cover.

Expat Health Insurance in France

Expats living in France often buy specialized expat health insurance to ensure they have comprehensive coverage from the moment they arrive. This is particularly important for those who are not yet eligible for the state healthcare system or who want coverage for services that go beyond what the public system offers. Specialized expat health insurance can provide peace of mind with coverage for repatriation, a wider range of medical services, and sometimes even health care in other countries, which is beneficial for those who travel frequently.

Local Health Insurance vs. Expat Health Insurance

While some expats and digital nomads opt for local health insurance companies once they are integrated into the French system, others prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers. The choice often depends on the individual's circumstances, such as the length of their stay, their eligibility for local insurance, and their specific health needs. Expat health insurance can offer more tailored coverage for the unique challenges of living abroad, while local health insurance is more aligned with the needs of permanent residents.

Considerations for Health Insurance Abroad

When deciding on health insurance while living overseas, expats should consider several factors. One key consideration is the method of payment for medical services: some insurers operate on a direct billing system with healthcare providers, while others require policyholders to pay upfront and submit claims for reimbursement. The ease of the claims process, the speed of reimbursement, the extent of the coverage, and the network of healthcare providers are also important factors. Additionally, expats should consider whether the policy covers emergency evacuation or repatriation, which can be crucial in serious medical situations.

Expats talk about Health Insurance in France

"Very affordable, even before I was on the healthcare system I paid less than 100 euros for full x-rays and a cast for a broken wrist. With healthcare, it's simply covered thanks to higher taxes," commented one expat living in Epinal, France.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


French Riviera House Hunting - FRH
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French Riviera House Hunting - FRH
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Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
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Allianz CareAllianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
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