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Since I was born in the UK and hold a British Passport, but have lived in Australia and receive an Australian State Pension in full, plus a part UK State Pension.
How do I prove to French Social Security my details in order to access Basic French Health Cover.
I cannot collect a special Form from the UK to take to the French Social Security and thus access the system. I think this, but I am not sure. My reasoning being that I lived in Australia, have never had private health Insurance, and relied on the Free Australian Health cover for doctors and hospitals, not as I have used the services very much.
I have been told that if I contact the UK State Pension Service and ask for a special form I can access the French Social Security.
However, am I entitled to ask for this form considering my UK State Pension is only 14 per week. Apart from my using the British Health Service when I resided there I have never used their services since 1954.
Any Australians of old age in a similar situation might know.
To the best of my knowledge when an Australian pensioner leaves Australia permanently, they do not have right to medical support when living in another country ?

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Go ahead and contact the state agency that sends you your partial UK pension. If you're not eligible for an S-1, they'll tell you so.

Your Australian pension doesn't include reciprocity within the European system - this is one of those EU things. If you aren't eligible for the French system, then you need to start looking into private health insurance cover. (Which you would need if you didn't have the British passport in order to get a visa.) Talk to any large, international insurer (AXA, Bupa, Allianz, Swiss Life, etc.) and ask about "expat health insurance" (not a travel insurance policy - you need a true expat policy) for France.
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Sorry for that. I thought I was able to reply to the sender writing to me.
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