From April 6th all British retirees living in France will have the right to access NHS Treatment without having to obtain a form S2 from the French Authorities.
Below is a quote from the Department of Health to New Europeans which explains the changes.
"The changes basically enable our pensioner ex-pats living in Europe to come back to the UK and use the NHS as if they were still living here. This is relevant to those in receipt of a UK state pension, living in another EU country who have their healthcare paid for by the UK by means of an S1 registered with the health system of the country they are living in. So exactly the situation that Jane Williamson found herself in.
With this law change, the Government will be extending the right to return for all NHS treatment, including planned/elective, to this group of citizens. As I say, this change will become effective from 6 April 2015 and effectively means that ex-pat UK state pensioners living in the EEA have the same rights to NHS services as people resident in the UK, without the need to obtain any kind of authorisation from their country of residence."
The following is a link from the website of New Europeans, which tells the story of my fight to get this change implemented.
So far we have had no clarification as to how this will work in practice, but probably we will have to register as a short term resident and go through the usual procedures.
I will keep you all up to date on progress.