Until now British expats were allowed to pay contributions (8% of their income) in order to get treatment through the French health-care system via the Couverture Medicale Universelle(CMU) but most of them previously covered by the NHS took up French residence before retirement age and benefited from France’s healthcare system without even paying for it. This of course is unfair as France should not have to foot the bill of early retirees just because they were benevolent enough to do so in the past.There is a similar situation for these early retired expats on low incomes who won’t be able to claim free health insurance via the CMU anymore or for those who have reached UK retirement age but do not qualify for a UK pension. https://frenchmart.fr/