The end of EHIC? New private health plan for expats in France

International private medical insurance (IPMI) provider, APRIL International Care, has launched MyHealth France – a new policy designed to cover expats’ medical insurance needs before and after Brexit.

Medical insurance in France after Brexit
With the fate of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) among the many areas of uncertainty for the UK’s estimated 150,000 nationals living in France, APRIL International Care is introducing MyHealth France to offer additional medical insurance to all expatriates in the country.The new health policy's launch follows warnings from professional services firms that employers need to start preparing for a more complicated and burdensome system of national insurance payments when they send employees abroad.

What medical costs are UK nationals covered for in France?

Currently, UK holders of the EHIC card can access state-provided healthcare in France at a reduced cost and sometimes for free. This includes for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care.
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Extra medical insurance for expats in France

MyHealth France covers expatriates who are no longer covered by the health system in their country of origin and can also be used to meet top-up expenses, like the cost of a private room in hospitals, optical and dental services.APRIL International Care’s new France-specific policy offers five levels of cover, with reimbursements dependent on level of cover and French social security contributions.The new policy is administered in English and includes a direct settlement network for medical expenses. There is no age limit or restrictions for  pre-existing conditions, and MyHealth France also offers policyholders up to 90 days of temporary cover if they travel outside France, for example, to visit their country of origin.
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Health insurance 'a major concern' for foreign nationals in France

Commenting on the new policy launch, APRIL International UK Managing Director, Joe Thomas, said, “This new policy will give considerable comfort and reassurance to UK and other nationals living in France, whilst Brexit negotiations continue. “Healthcare insurance and healthcare costs in general have emerged as a major concern for all foreign nationals living in France, particularly UK nationals, so this solution should provide a clear way forward.”Head to our Global Health and Wellness section for more news and insight.  
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