Australian Medicare Service For Backpacker's In Australia

Australian Medicare Service for Backpackers

So what is Medicare? Medicare is the health care system provided by the Australian government which is helps Australian citizens with basic medical expenses. These expenses include free public hospital care, subsidised medicines and certain costs of out-of-hospital treatment.

Primarily the Medicare system is for Australian citizens but if you're from a country which participates in the 'reciprocal health care agreement' you may be eligible to join Medicare and gain 'immediate access' to the services they provide.

If you are eligble, it is well worth the effort and can be of considerable value if you're staying in Australia for long periods.

Which countries are included in the reciprical health care agreement?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information has been sourced from the medicareaustralia.gov.au website and may be subject to change by the Australian Government at any time. Please visit their website for the most up to date details and learn about any changes they may have made.

If you're a passport holding citizen from one of the following countries you're eligible to participate in the Reciprocal Heath Care Agreement and can register with Medicare when you arrive in Australia. The following statement comes from the Medicare Australia website (view web page here).

"The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy. These agreements entitle you to some subsidised health services for essential medical treatment while visiting Australia."

So if you're from one of these countries, make sure you register for medicare when you arrive!

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