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IVF - blue (interim) medicare card?

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Hi all

We are here on TSS 482 visas.  British citizens with a reciprocal 'visitor' medicare card (yellow colour). 

Were referred for IVF.  Clinic very happy to treat us but said we needed to wait until we had full medicare.  The visitor (yellow) medicare card excludes ART (assisted reproductive technology).

We have today applied for PR and I gather we are now eligible to get a blue (interim) medicare card.  The medicare helpline today told me that the blue card is equivalent to the green card that citizens and PR get, and the bloke seemed to think it would therefore be worth us applying for that to get the ball rolling with the IVF.  He didn't seem quite sure though..

I can't find any clear answers online because I am not 100% sure if Brits who already have the yellow medicare card are even eligible for the blue card!  Or if that is for people from countries where there is no reciprocal agreement.

Can anyone shed any light?

Thank you

 

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p.s. I am aware Medicare does not cover 100% of IVF costs, even for citizens and people with PR.

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Best plan would be to apply and see what happens.  The worst they can do is turn you down.


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Posted (edited)

The cost of IVF in a public clinic is around $2000 per cycle, which is insanely cheap compared to private.

But this pricing does need full medicare, correct.

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6 hours ago, psuwara said:

The cost of IVF in a public clinic is around $2000 per cycle, which is insanely cheap compared to private.

But this pricing does need full medicare, correct.

Just to add, we have a blue interim medicare card, and that's a full medicare card.


  • Applied Stage 1 309 on 8th May 2020
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Thanks, I will apply for the blue and see what happens….would still be really grateful to hear if anyone who already had a yellow Medicare card (eg a Brit) got a blue one while their PR application was underway….

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From what I understand the blue card offers the exact benefits as a green card that PR and Citizens get. 

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