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870 visa and Medicare

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Does anyone know if parents on an 870 visa are covered by Medicare under the reciprocal health care agreement. The Immi website is confusing!

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Yes, you would be entitled to reciprocal. But, you need to understand this is not full healthcare. Basically, they will keep you alive. But you are not entitled to many services. You should also be aware you may no longer be classed as resident in the UK, so can not simply come back for NHS treatment. So, you should take appropriate private healthcare insurance. 

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We are on the 870 Visa which requires you to have private health insurance. Proof of which must be attached to your application before it is granted. We also applied for a Medicare Card after our870 was granted and initially were told by Centrelink we were not eligible but they would send it off anyway with copies of or visa grant notice and passport. 2 weeks passed and we received a letter saying not eligible. Next day received all our copies back and our new Medicare Cards valid for 5 years !!!  We just wanted the Medicare for routine stuff but the health insurance is there in the event of anything serious and of course ambulance cover. MediBank do a tailored policy for the 870 Visa. 

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