Very stressed friends of mine left France three years ago and no longer have their C Vitale.
They are coming back to France and wish to know how they can renew their C Vitales in the UK before arriving back in France.
They are planning on selling their house in Devon then buying in France.
They are not working and are a couple of years away from retirement age, and living off their savings.
You don’t say on what basis they were eligible for carte vitales when they were here (working//inactifs), nor how long they lived here for. Possibly if they were in France for over 5 years they might have some kind of ongoing rights, but three years on I doubt it, and I suspect that it will be a case of applying again from scratch and proving current eligiblilty. Healthcare rights aren’t automatic, your circumstances are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that you are still eligible. I don’t see how they can “renew” from the UK if they’re not currently resident in France, not currently paying cotisations and haven’t paid anything in for 3 years. As inactifs this will involve showing that they meet the “sufficient income” criteria and have been living here for 3 months minimum at the time of application.
You did ask for advice - NOMB I know, but being inactif with no income can be a tricky status to juggle in France, so if they want to avoid more stress might it not be a good idea to wait a couple of years until they reach retirement age…
When a local couple arrived before retirement age… they had to take out Full Medical Insurance until such time as one of them reached retirement age and the UK pension arrived with associated health cover …
At that point… one was entitled to the CV and the other was also covered/attached … thus only needing the Top Up Mutuelle…
It can be expensive getting full health cover… as Anna says, might be worthwhile waiting…
Surely saying wait is over the top. If the hadn’t been in the system they would have applied under PUMA. Surely the easiest way for them to proceed will be to do that now and hope that by previously being on the system their paperwork will be quick to go through. I doubt that they can do anything before arriving in France but once they arrive I advise that they go to their local CPAM office ASAP. https://www.ameli.fr/vienne/assure/droits-demarches/principes/protection-universelle-maladie
Exactly. And applying to join PUMA on the grounds of residence, if you’re inactif, requires you to prove that you are resident, which means 3 months’ uninterrupted regular and stable residence… Hence the need to have an address and produce utility bills or whatever, going back 3 months.
Hopefully it will save a bit of time that they already have sécu numbers.
Came across this, which looks as if it might be useful:
According to that blog it wouldn’t make any difference - it’s written by a French national for French nationals, and it says that after being outside of France for more than a year you have to jump through the hoops including proving 3 months residence.