Op-Ed: “Comprehensive Sickness Insurance – some clarity from A (Soins de santé publics)?” by Mary Guy
On 15 July 2021, the Court of Justice handed down its judgment in A (Soins de santé publics) (C-535/19), confirming the right of economically inactive EU citizens who have exercised their free movement rights to be affiliated to the public sickness insurance system of the host Member State. An important caveat to this decision is that EU law does not require that affiliation to be ‘free of charge’.
It is well-known that in order to obtain a right of residence for more than three months, persons who are neither employed nor self-employed are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI). This forms the second – cumulative – condition, in addition to having sufficient resources not to become a burden on the social assistan