BRITISH early retirees who move to France may have to take out private health insurance from the moment they arrive – after the UK government announced today that it would stop paying their healthcare costs.

The UK Department of Health says the changes will come into effect “probably from April 2014″ and follow a consultation this summer aimed at finding ways to save the National Health Service money.

The new measures announced today also mean that British expatriates living in France who travel to the UK for healthcare will be routinely billed for their treatment under new measures aimed at saving money and stopping “health tourism”.

Under the current system, the S1 form makes it possible for expatriates to use the French health system with Britain paying France to cover costs for up to two-and-a-half years, dependent on the individual’s National Insurance payments. There are no plans to stop S1 forms for state pensioners.

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