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  1. yumimumi

    medicare - surgery/pregnancy

    hi, would like some advice i am approx 6 wks pregnant, and am flying to australia in october when i will be around 13 wks pregnant. i have recently had surgery, but now i am pregnant future surgical intervention has to be delayed until later in the pregnancy. im not sure what i need to do first upon my arrival. obviously i need to sort medicare out, but am i going to get stung for my antenatal care and surgery. who do i contact regarding my pregnancy, is it like the uk, where i just register with a gp and they refer me to maternity services. how do i get registered with a surgeon am really confused nicola
  2. hi, would like some advice i am approx 6 wks pregnant, and am flying to australia in october when i will be around 13 wks pregnant. i have recently had surgery, but now i am pregnant future surgical intervention has to be delayed until later in the pregnancy. im not sure what i need to do first upon my arrival. obviously i need to sort medicare out, but am i going to get stung for my antenatal care and surgery. who do i contact regarding my pregnancy, is it like the uk, where i just register with a gp and they refer me to maternity services. how do i get registered with a surgeon am really confused nicola
  3. Guest

    Lafha & Medicare

    Hi, I am not sure if this is the correct section for this. If I get Lafha can I get medicare under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with the UK?
  4. Hi all just looking for some general info for time frames experienced by people applying for their Tax File Number and receiving it , registering with Medicare and receiving their card, and opening a Bank account and receiving the ATM card. The reason im asking is im planning a Reccie trip just before Christmas and want to sort all this out before i return to the UK in the New year, I have Vic SS so i will be staying and applying for all the above items in Melbourne, just staying in a cheap hostel for a maxim of 2 weeks as i want to head to Sydney and Brisbane to visit friends before flying back here. I plan to apply for the above items the day i land, jetlaged or not :biggrin: which will be the first thing on a Monday morning 19th of Dec I would love to hear other peoples experiences and timeframes, Cheers :biggrin:
  5. Guest


    Right, this may seem like a real stupid question but can anyone please explain to me in 'plain English' how the medical services work in Oz... I thought I had it and understood, Medicare, bulk billing, etc...but now I'm not so sure??? :err: We are going to Brisbane?? Any help will be very much appreciated.... Dennise:wub:
  6. Guest

    457Visa and medicare?

    Hello, Just wondering is anyone from Ireland in Australia on the 457 visa? We are hoping to move to Brisbane, with two young children and both of us are on long term med's. Just wondering does anyone know are we entitled to medicare? Will we get any help with doctor/prescription fees?
  7. robfromdublin

    Healthcare cover on reciprocal Medicare

    I am so confused about this so I hope someone can help me out. I am on a 457 and before coming out got an overseas visitor health insurance policy. Once I registered with Medicare I let this lapse. Now I want some sort of health cover to insure me against health problems not covered by Reciprocal Medicare. Obviously, the overseas visitor cover is a replacement for medicare, so that isn't suitable. And 'normal' policies for Australian citizens won't cover me for the gap between citizen's Medicare and Reciprocal Medicare. I see other people want it so they don't have to pay the Medicare Surcharge Levy, but I earn less than $77k so that doesn't apply. Is there a policy out there for people on Reciprocal Medicare? Is there anything that Medicare covers that Reciprocal Medicare doesn't? Any help would be appreciated, including links to previous threads if its been covered. Didn't see any that gave satisfactory answers when I searched.
  8. I received a letter from Medicare today stating my Medicare Card is about to expire and they are asking for: "current letter from DIAC confirming that all pople listed on the card have a current application for permanent residency" any idea how to get such letter? thanks!
  9. I'm on a 457 visa. I currently have no private healthcare insurance as have the reciprocal medicare health care so choose not to. I do however earn just over $100k so it may make sense for me to get some kind of healthcare if it will cost in the region of $1000(-+500) for the year and can avoid the medicare levy SURCHARGE of 1%. So I either want some extra cover as compared to medicare or a saving on the surcharge so I get some more cash in the pocket. I did look into this at one point but found it hard to find a policy I could get as a non permanent resident that wasn't in excess of $2000. I also believe that the 30% govemnet rebate is not applicable as a non PR. Correct? So does anyone have any experience on this? nib seems to offer the 'basic saver' policy that is advertised as avoiding the MLS for $955. Last time I spoke to them I couldn't get a straight answer if it was suitable for me however and said I may also need the overseas cover provided by IMAN. I also can't work out if that actually gives me anything useful in addition to the reciprocal medicare. Also if I got this this financial year and paid for the whole year going forward could that be offset against this years MLS or is it prorated for the cover period in this financial year? Thanks.
  10. Hi, just wondering if anyone knows our entitlement to Medicare, if we have any ?? We are going on a Bus Visa 163 (Temporary), and do not believe we would be entitled to help, but my OH thought he read on a post on PIO that we might be ?? Any advice would be helpful, as my OH is a diabetic, and here in the Uk we do not pay for any of his medication , so wondering about costs in Oz. Thanks
  11. Guest

    childs prescriptions!!!!

    :err: OMG..just taken my daughter the doctors and he gave her a prescription for a nasal spray. So off i went to the chemist and handed in the prescription. 10 minutes later,i went to collect it, and there on the bag was the price for her prescription......ready $43.99 My face was a picture. i asked if they sold the item normally, they did, and that was $16.99..big difference. still in shock now. No wonder i can always get a doctors appointment when i want. Nobody wants to go and get given a prescription,lol
  12. Angelini

    Medicare for American?

    Hi everybody - I hope you're all going okay. I think I might be pregnant, but I need to have a blood test done to confirm; I don't know how to go about things though. My husband and I moved from the UK 4 months ago (he's English and I'm American), and I don't know if I can register for Medicare seeing as I am American. I had an NHS card in the UK with my Indefinite Leave visa - does that mean I can be part of the reciprocal agreement Oz has with the UK? We are here on a 457 visa and we should have sorted this out sooner, but life has a way of getting in the way sometimes and other things just seem so much more important at the time ... We do have private health cover (as is needed for the visa), but, again, I don't know how to find a GP - if it's done privately or not? Would a 'Family Planning' clinic be able to do a blood test in the meantime? Should I call the insurance people and see what they suggest? I'm actually at the point where I don't even care, I'm willing to pay whatever I need to so I know for sure, but I don't even know where I would go:wacko: I want to be really excited, but I'm just stressed because of this and it's not helping things!!
  13. Guest

    Medicare ?

    We have recently received our 176 visa and are curently planning our permanent move to Australia. Unfortunately I was involved in a cycling accident and have recently undergone surgery to fix a broken clavicle which has meant that I now have a metal plate and several screws holding the bones together. Normal practise would be to remove the plate after approximately 1 year. My question would be is this covered under Medicare or will I have to pay for this privately ? Could I return to the UK for its removal ? Would it be covered under additional medical insurance or are current conditions exempt ? I dont think the outcome of this will determine our move timescale, only my current inability to Paint / Lift Heavy objects and ready the house for sale ! Please post if you have any information regarding this type of situation. Many Thanks in Advance Gordon
  14. Cal2

    Applying for Medicare

    We're coming to OZ for a couple of weeks for a reccie and to get a couple of things done, can/should we apply for Medicare whilst we're there as we will be coming out on a 457. We're from the UK thanks:daydreaming:
  15. As I understand it anyone granted the PMV is not entitled to use Medicare until they have applied for the spouse visa. Just wondering what people normally do? I know there is a reciprocal agreement with the UK, but is this enough?
  16. I was wondering if anyone can give an overview of the medicare system. I have read a bit but am a little confused as to what you need to pay for, what doesn't need to be payed for, in the event of a visit to the docs, or worse a hospital visit / operation etc etc. I've seen reference to bulk billing and a "gap payment" and was wondering what these are. I am aware of the need of ambulance cover as a definite must upon arrival, but what else in terms of health insurance would people advise having? Is the public medicare system sufficient or is it worth investing in private health cover, what difference would it make if we did have health insurance? Sarah
  17. I have been in Australia for 7 months but i am still really confused as to what Medicare covers you for , can anyone tell me. Also i have been looking for dental insurance for my 2 kids incase they need any orthodontic treatment at anytime but the only ones i can find are included in private health cover, does anyone know of a cover just for dental work. Hope someone can help as im really confused.:confused:
  18. I had my baby in Aus a few months ago I went to add him to our medicare, forms were given to us from the hospital and we have his aussie birth certificate. Medicare say I have to get him a passport then add him to the visa then apply for medicare! Has anyone done this is it a lengthy process?? He is due his first injections dont know whether I can just take him to the docs in the meantime and pay to get the injections??? Any advice would be great.
  19. brucewayne

    Private Healthcare versus Medicare

    I don't know if there's already a thread in this subject, but what tends to be more favorable for ex-pats - Medicare or taking Private Medical cover? I know that there is a reciprocal health care agreement between the UK and Oz but is one more advantageous then the other? FYI - I'm in good health and never really been ill, ever. In fact I've only ever had flu twice in my lifetime but I have had bone breaks through sports and stuff. Would/should this influence the choice I make? My 457 requires me to either enroll in Medicare or take sufficient private cover. Any advice?
  20. roflie

    Medicare sign up within 48hrs

    Hi guys... ...as part of my travel insurance i only have 48hours cover once i have passed through customs in Oz... As part of my visa i have to write and sign a letter stating i will enroll with Medicare as soon as i get in to Oz.... ...The question is - Is 48hours long enough to sign up for Medicare after i land... are there offices dotted around Melbourne where i can simply walk in off the street and what documents do i need (i've read just my passport as i am from the UK)? Thanks Roflie
  21. Peach

    Medicare Card

    Reading through the Medicare card application form, it seems that you can have up to four people on the same card. Does it matter if a family is split between cards? I'm currently a 1000 miles away from my missus and kids, so it seems unlikely we're going to front up and apply for a card at the same time. Can we be 'rejoined' onto one card at a later date? Realise that this might be a question best asked of medicare, so sincere apologies. :biggrin:
  22. Scarby

    What does Medicare Cover?

    Hi, forgive me for being daft but can't seem to get my head around what medicare covers, is it like the NHS or do you need to have private health care? I am currently in the process of getting a small hole in the heart fixed before we emigrate in October and will need to see a consultant on an annual basis, would this be covered my medicare or would I have to pay for a consultant? Thanks Celia
  23. jsc77


    Hi, Can anyone advise how healthcare works between arrival and registering for Medicare? ie if one of the kids gets ill and needs to see a dr, what do we do? Also, according to the Medicare website, we should wait 7-10 days before registering. Have others done this, or is it possible to register immediately? Thanks, John
  24. Hi If i have a Australia bank account, a medicare card, will these be considered as "substantial (business, cultural, employment) and beneficial ties" for me to qualify to get a RRV? I have my Australia VISA approved but due to some personal issues, i won't be able to migrate them in the coming 5 years and i won't be able to fulfill the 2 out of 5 years requirement too so i definitely need to apply a RRV when it reaches the 5 years limit. Besides bank account and medicare card, if I buy a house there and rent it out , will that boost up my chance to get the RRV approved ? As someone mentioned if i buy a house there for investment purpose, it won't be considered, is that true ? Also, if i invest a house for renting purpose there, will i be taxed by Australia government ? If i buy a house there just to qualify for RRV and leave it vacant for 5 years , it sounds like i don't have any ROI there , that is the reason why i am thinking to rent it out :cute: please advice thanks
  25. Hi everyone I am new to this, well posting a question have been following this site and the threads since applying for my prospective spouse visa back in September, which has finally been granted. My question is that i am a British and I understand that the UK have a RHCA with Australia, however my visa conditions state; may use Australia's medical expenses and hospital care assistance scheme, Medicare, but only if you are in Australia and have already applied for a Partner visa. I am confused as to what this means for me, do I have to get some kind of private health care until I am married and have applied for a Partner Visa? I am flying out on a return ticket, just so that I have a return portion in case of a problem with family back home, so I am unsure if I can get "backpacker" type insurance, my problem with this is they seem to state that I have to use the RCHA medicare thing, but my visa states I can't use medicare. Ok I'm waffling now sorry just leaving in three weeks today and starting to worry!! Any advise would be soooo gratefully appreciated Tabitha:err: