Skip Navigation

Medical care for Australia

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Medical care for Australia

1. Posted by silk2italy (Inactive 2 posts) 9y

silk2italy has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Hello all, :)
I m going to go to Australia using an Working&Holiday visa next August , and I m applying to get all the documents can help me.

I m from Italy, and i ve found out that exist an reciprocal healt care agreement between Australia and Italy.

I ve been to my local healt office, and they give me a document that I ll have to show to the healt insurance commission once in Australia, in order to have my "medicare card".

This "medicare card" will cover me for 6 months.

I 'd like to know where i can find the "healt insurance commission" in Sidney and if it's enought go there just with the document sheet i ve got from the italian healt office.

Has anyone already done this?
Does this "medical card" supply enought healt covered or still is better looking for another medical care insurance?
Can you suggest me wich one?

Your experience is worth for me :)
Thanks all



2. Posted by Miliux (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y


I have found information which will be valuable for you.

Italy and Australia are signatories to a reciprocal health care agreement which covers travellers for up to six months from their date of arrival in Italy. The agreement provides Australians with access to government medical facilities and care in the event of a sudden acute illness or accident but does not provide for ongoing treatment of existing health conditions. See Medicare's website for further information. The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement does not replace the need for private travel health insurance. Private doctors and specialist and diagnostic services will require up-front payment and private hospitals generally require a substantial deposit before commencing treatment.

and this is the site you need to go for further information.

and here are Medicare Offices in Sydney. There are three Medicare Office in Sydney CBD. Sydney - Wynyard, Sydney - Town Hall, Sydney - King Street.

Use to find out those places.

Hope the info are useful.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 15, 2007, at 6:34 AM by Miliux ]

3. Posted by hellomaya (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y


I just answered a similar question from Em but I don't know how to put a link to it here. (Question was posted on 21st April)

Should you get private health cover? Look at it this way: under the Reciprocal Health Agreement you'll be as medically well-covered as an ordinary Australian. If you're happy with that level of cover, (or you're short on money) then fine.

The thing is, the Australian government is trying to encourage Australians to buy private insurance and not rely on Medicare (the public system). This means the public cover offered to you when you have a Medicare card is adequate for everyday use but not great if you're at risk of major illness. If you just need to see a GP (regular doctor), it's free. If you break your leg, I guess you won't pay much either (this is a big guess... check it if you really care). But for major surgery and anything else serious, you could end up owing a lot of money.

Travel insurance costs a fair bit, but it also covers you for stuff medicare won't cover. Depending on which one you choose you'll get money in emergencies, money to get home in a emergency, and insurance for your valuables.

If it were me, I would think about how likely you are to suffer from a major illness and decide whether it's worth the expense of private insurance.

Also on Travellerspoint

Why travellers need good insurance

worldnomads promo code - SAVE7