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Medicare Cards for Australia... is there such a thing???

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1. Posted by Squarabara (Budding Member, 58 posts) 30 May '09 02:47

Hello all!!!

I just applied for my Australian visa a few days ago and have been approved. YAY!!! How exciting. Anyway...
as with most visas it is required for said person on the visa to carry with them travel insurance. I was planning on buying it anyway so it wasn't a problem for me. But then I heard of this thing called a medicare card that one can get at immigration when they arrive in Australia and the purchase of travel insurance would not be needed. But then it says that I may be asked to provide proof of insurance so would I just tell them that I'm planning on getting a medicare card??? Is there even such a thing??? I'm gonna email immigration just to check but I'm curious if anyone here has ever gotten this card or even heard of it.

Thanks to all!!!

2. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member, 142 posts) 30 May '09 15:52

Australia has a social medical system. Medicare is an identification card available to residents for medical purposes. I'm not sure what category of visa you have, but I would assume that only permenant residents would be entitled? I think you will still require travel insurance.

Best check with immigration, but I think that's what it is.

3. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member, 142 posts) 1 Jun '09 09:40

I'm from the UK and we are elligable for the Medicare card bacause of a reciprocal health care agreement between our countries.

Because you are from the US, its unlikely you will be allowed one. See link below.

http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/migrants/new-residents.jsp

Hope this helps. Also, if you are asked at immigration about insurance, its a possiblity you might be denied entry if you don't have it.

4. Posted by Squarabara (Budding Member, 58 posts) 2 Jun '09 01:23

I figured that I wouldn't be eligible for one but I thought I'd ask anyway. And I was always planning on purchasing insurance so that's not an issue.

But has anyone ever been denied entry into Australia before??? Any horror stories out there???

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