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TFN/Medicare - Travelling June/July 15

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1. Posted by CatB1989 (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Hi everyone!

I am just writing to see if anyone call help me clarify a few things. I have my WHV visa sorted and plan on going to Oz around June/July. I was just wondering what information I need to sort before I go.

I looked up TFN online and it says you can't do it until you are in Oz, is the case and also Medicare is this something I need to apply for when I am there?

Any help on what things are essential to sort before I go and would save time when I get there would be much appreciated, I feel lost trying to think of everything I need to do in the next few months!!

Thanks guys

Cat :)

2. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 1y

Quoting CatB1989

I looked up TFN online and it says you can't do it until you are in Oz, is the case and also Medicare is this something I need to apply for when I am there?

Yes and yes. Check the link in Sander's post here.

British citizens are eligible for Medicare under a reciprocal health care agreement. I recall being advised in a Medicare office that all Brits had to do was take their NHS card in.

There's not a lot else to get set up before you go really, unless you have things to take care on the home front like bills, mail, etc.

You'll be fine

3. Posted by Foxy1991 (Budding Member 55 posts) 1y

Quoting KellieBarnes

[quote=CatB1989]

British citizens are eligible for Medicare under a reciprocal health care agreement. I recall being advised in a Medicare office that all Brits had to do was take their NHS card in.

Hey Kellie,

What you mentioned above, is that instead of insurance, or would you need insurance as well as what is stated above?

Cheers,

Foxy

4. Posted by CatB1989 (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Thanks Kellie that is great.

Foxy I do think you still have to take out insurance my friends have said to look at Outbackers I haven't looked into that yet.

X

5. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 1y

Well travel insurance covers you for other things too, like transport delays, lost/damaged gear (these are all situations I've had to claim on) so I do still think it's a good idea to get insurance. The reciprocal arrangement is just peace of mind that you can have * some * free/discounted health care because our countries are buddies like that ;)