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1. Posted by TOPDOG (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey, i'm heading out to Oz in August, i have booked my flight got my WHV basically i am just about sorted. But i have one problem, a Medicare card. I have read that even with the card you need insurance(would be better) would like to be fully covered.
anyways, I may be having a blond moment but its got me confused . Do I apply for my Medicare card while i am still in Scotland or when i get out to Oz. I have emailed Medicare Australia website for help but they have not got back to me. Also if I have to apply before I got out I have to send my passport along with a copy of my WHV, basically me questions are
1, will I get my passport back in time for me flying out
2, I applied for my Visa online so i only have the email with my number on it, do i just send that email?

Hope somebody can help me, please its my only problem to sort out.

sammy x

2. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Dear Sammy,

You can't apply for Medicare card until you arrive in the country. But you can do it straight away when you have "an address". When you open a bank account they can print a statement with your address on it (eg.hostel) Then you'll fill in the Medicare paper work and get a temporary card straight away, it takes around 2weeks - 1 month to get the real thing.

Good luck

3. Posted by TOPDOG (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


thanks for the quick reply, really helped to put my mind at rest. I know what i am doing now.

thanks again.

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