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  1. Hi Poms Im really hoping this post will stand out to anyone who has had IVF treatment in Australia as I really need some advice. Me and my partner have been her for 2.5years, we have a sponsored 457 visa valid for 4 years from next month (just transferred as partner starting a new job) and have recently found out that in order to conceive, our only chance is to have IVF (ICSI). We were initially advised that to do this it will cost us $12,000 and that Medicare do not cover any of this. However after speaking with a Patient Liason Advisor today at Melbourne IVF she advised that there have been quite a few couples over time in our situation and gave me some 'item numbers' to quote to Medicare so they could tally them up with the system with our details to see if we would be able to claim any cash back through Medicare. At first the lady at Medicare was adament that we wouldnt be able to but when I pushed and asked her to check the item numbers I was given by MIVF she said they were all covered....:jiggy:She actually seemed as surprised as I was! But obviously couldnt deny what was in front of her. Im hoping to hear from anyone who is also here on a temporary basis and has gone through IVF that can give us some information on your own experience? Im extreeeeeeeeeeemley happy if we do get help because let me tell you $12,000 is a massive financial burden especially with the success rates being 30-40% per cycle. Im hoping and praying that what I have been told today is correct but I cant find any information anywhere about it (I personally think they are trying to keep it under wraps and not advertising the fact which is fair enough really...) Anyway look forward to hearing from anyone soon, im not sure where is best to post this so apologies if you see it popping up all over the place! Thankyou Lindsay X :hug: PS our Medicare card is the reciprocal agreement with 'Visitor' stamped at the bottom...
  2. Cal2

    457 - Reciprocal Agreement

    Hi, if you are from the UK and are coming to be resident in Oz on a 457 visa, are you entitled to medication via Medicare / PBS, that you already take in the UK to prevent an illness, ie diabetic treament, HRT, antihypertension or other medication. I appreciate people posting what they think, but if someone is over in Oz from the UK on a 457 visa (or was on one at some time), I would really appreciate their experience of obtaining medication in OZ that they were taking in the UK before they moved to Oz thanks Cal
  3. 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.
  4. Does anyone have any real world experience of how this works? I've read a few websites, and on the face of it, it looks great, and than coming from the UK me and my family should be very well covered (travelling under my 457 visa). But what I'd like to know is, what are the limitations of it when you come to use it. My wife has a prescription for a drug that is very expensive, and reading the websites it appears that PBS under RHCA should cover us. The difference in price between the PBS cost and the actual cost is huge. Has anyone on here had positive experience of getting prescriptions under the scheme?
  5. Hello all! My name is Claire, and I'm an American who's relatively new to Sydney, Australia. A few months ago, I got my British passport (my father was a Brit), and I'm really excited because I've been told that Brits are entitled to a reciprocal Medicare agreement with Australia. Does anyone know how I should go about obtaining this? I currently have Medibank under my American passport, but that costs 100 dollars a month, so I'm keen to have access to Medicare if I can. Any advice/suggestions are appreciated. Thank you all so much! Cheers, Claire
  6. Cimbom

    Reciprocal Medicare question

    Just have a quick question. For countries that have Reciprocal Medicare agreements (Netherlands in particular), what comes under "immediately necessary"? Would eye tests be covered? Thanks
  7. Hi All Myself and family hope to move over to Perth early next year as house is on the market and time is ticking on our permanent residency visas. I due a baby next June and mostl likely we will be in Perth by then and was wondering where we stand as regards hospitals fees/aftercare when having a baby on a permanent residency visa. I have recently found out that there is a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement between the British Isles and Australia which covers visitors for healthcare while over there free of charge. I understood that if on a residency visa that there is a waiting period to avail of Medicare Cover and that you had to take out private health care insurance but was wondering if this agreement covers us for anything. If anybody knows about this i would love to hear as we want to organise private health care if it is a thing we have to get it when we get over there. Thanks