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Prescription in AUS/NZ - Seeing a Doctor

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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 9y

I'm on anti-depressants, I can get a 3-month prescription before I would go, can I use this in Aus? What about after that? Would I be able to get another prescription, would I be able to see a Doctor there? What about payment? Anyone know?

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I asked the chemist this question when someone else on here asked it and was informed that you would need to go to an Australian doctor and get an Australian script from them. If you had an overseas prescription I don't suppose it would be too hard to get one in Australia (as long as the same medication is readily available). I think the regulations of how much you pay etc varies depending on the country you are a citizen/resident of. If you are a resident of the UK it shouldn't be too difficult at all seeing both the UK and Australia have an agreement for medical, but countries that don't have that may have a bit more trouble. Goodluck!

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

In NZ its $55-$65 to visit a doctor.

4. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 9y

What about paying for Medication?

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting Marcus1

What about paying for Medication?

The cost of medication will depend on what country your are a resident of (which you don't state in your profile or on your original thread). I know that if you were a citizen of Asian countries other than maybe Japan, African countries other than maybe South Africa, South American countries, Central American countries and Eastern European countries, you would probably be paying the full cost of the medication which depending on what type it is could mean $50AUD or a few hundred AUD. Some countries in Western Europe and Scandinavian Europe have agreements with Australia meaning you can get the medicine at the same price an Australian citizen/permanent resident would pay. It would also depend on the brand name of the medication because some anti-depressants are on the PBS and others aren't. If it is on the PBS (Pharmecutical Benefits Scheme) it shouldn't be more than about $30AUD, but if it isn't part of the PBS then it could be over $100.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 22, 2007, at 3:35 AM by aharrold45 ]