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medicard... what, how, and do i need one?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific medicard... what, how, and do i need one?

1. Posted by pauln (Budding Member, 13 posts) 12 Sep '06 03:35

pauln has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Hi basically am going to oz shortly and heard about this medicard thing but from the website it seems to be a sort of health insurance (UK's BUPA equivallent?) thingy.

question is do i need it if ive got travel insurance?

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member, 442 posts) 12 Sep '06 03:56

Yeeeah, it could be useful. Medicare cards are for doctors visits and subsidised medicines. Travel Insurance is for more serious medical situations.

http://www.studyworkandtravel.com/html/FAQs.htm go here and read item 22.

3. Posted by sunraybret (Full Member, 27 posts) 12 Sep '06 04:18

Unless you have an Australian passport, I doubt you can get a medicard card. My girlfriend who is Canadian went through this exercise last February and had to end up getting private health insurance here instead. She has a full 4 year work visa so as a casual traveller I doubt you would qualify.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 17 Sep '06 15:40

Medicare is the Australian public health system, not private like BUPA in the UK. There are reciprocal health care agreements for people from certain countries, these being:

The links above go directly to the appropriate page on the Medicare website (the visitors to Australia section starting here).

There are limits of what is available through the reciprocal agreements, so check the Medicare website! It's always worthwhile checking the offical website, as other websites with information on it may become out of date and are probably not so thorough.