Australia has mutual health agreements with Finland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Slovenia. The terms of the various agreements differ. In general, the agreements grant residents of both countries reciprocal access to the other country`s public health system for any immediate medical treatment required before their return. To see if you are qualified for the medicare visit, www.medicareaustralia.gov.au Australia has mutual health agreements with – New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Norway, Malta, Belgium, Slovenia and Ireland. Each mutual agreement is different and varies in terms of both benefits and eligibility duration. The agreements do not apply to all health services. Some services that are not covered by the agreements are: – treatment that is not immediately necessary, ambulance care, dental care, para medical services, medical evacuation in your home country, burials, treatment and accommodation in private hospitals or as private patients in a public hospital, electoral treatment, pre-ordered treatment before arrival in Australia. This is why it is strongly recommended that all visitors from the countries of mutual insurance take out adequate medical insurance. HICA has developed a number of policies specifically designed for foreign visitors based on the type of visa and the length of your stay in Australia. If you would like to take advantage of our free evaluation and offer service, we invite you to fill out an evaluation form so that we can provide you with our professional recommendations and offers for the policies that best meet your specific needs. You must also suspend your existing health insurance to ensure that you keep your existing lifetime health insurance.
If you have been travelling for more than 5 years, special requirements apply when you return. It is also important to note that even if you are covered by an RHCA, you may need to maintain health insurance to meet your visa requirements. All eligible visitors are invited to register with Medicare, either before treatment or as soon as possible.