Medicare Australia International Agreements

New Zealand has mutual health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom (United Kingdom). At any time, some services may be funded by public funds for those covered by the agreements. These services can be funded to the same extent as for a national of the country they are visiting or staying temporarily. Canada has a publicly funded, managed health care system that provides universal care to all Canadians. Visitors have access to the system, but the cost of medical treatment can be very expensive. In the absence of reciprocal health agreements between Canada and Australia, adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds are essential to cover the costs of any medical treatment during a visit to Canada, including short stays. For emergency care, visitors can go to a nearby hospital emergency room or to one of the many accessible clinics where no appointments are required. There are no specific health measures recommended or necessary for travel to Canada, but it is advisable to have had vaccines against tetanus, polio and diphtheria. Rabies is present in some remote parts of the country, but it is not a real danger to business travellers. We also recommend that you purchase appropriate insurance coverage for the duration of your trip. Mutual health agreements do not replace the need for private travel health insurance.

Copies of the mutual health agreements established in New Zealand legislation are linked below: 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 policies that best meet your specific needs. To see if you are qualified for the medicare visit, www.medicareaustralia.gov.au – Medicare defines medically necessary treatment as any illness or injury that occurs during your stay, and requires treatment before returning home.