The French healthcare system is renowned for being of high quality. A national treasure – if you will – of which this country is, very proud. But unlike the UK, French healthcare comes at a cost. For non-residents, it is important not only to understand how the system works but also what coverage they should have before visiting the country.
If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s just how important accessible healthcare is for expats. So, if you’re planning a move, you’ll definitely want to factor health policies into your decision. But healthcare can differ depending on which country you’re living in, and each country has its own policies and financing models that affect how much you get for your money. The task, then, is to find out which countries offer the highest standard of care relative to the cost.
There has been a lot of speculation over whether Brits will be able to access French healthcare after Brexit. Thankfully, we have some reassuring news! The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is being replaced with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This means that Brits travelling to France, and indeed all EU countries, will still be able to receive free, or cheaper, state-provided medical care.
Australians are celebrating as lockdown begins to ease. While you might not be able to travel there yet, it is only a matter of time – and you might be surprised at how much you can do from the UK. See how Covid-19 is affecting prices, the timescale for the lifting of restrictions and why you don’t want to be last in the queue when they are.
It’s good news from France, as Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announces plans for easing of lockdown, including allowing group gatherings and lifting some travel rules. Find out what’s happening and when.
Now into our second week of lockdown in Spain, we’re learning a lot about human nature despite being confined to our homes. We are allowed out only to buy food and medicine or to walk the dog – and that just a few metres from the house.