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Guest jkirk

Hi everyone

 

Great to read all the advice on here; it is so useful!!

 

My wife, 2 children and I are considering coming to Victoria on her 457 visa as she is a Registered Nurse.

 

Both my wife and I are both kidney transplant recipients and we would welcome any advice regarding costs of meds, checkups with specialists and costs of healthcare beyond medicare. We have done some research on the cost of our meds and a sample healthcare plan, which is a requirement of her visa. We are otherwise fit and healthy.

 

Does anyone have any knowledge of transplant patients and stumbling blocks? Would my wife get an employee benefits package to cover healthcare, so that we would not need to fork out for it ourselves?

 

Any tips would be most welcome or are we just wasting our time and a move to Oz is just not possible?

 

Thanks :biggrin:

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Sorry cannot help with this but if you look at the Medicare site and the Pharmaceutical Benefits site you should get a lot of information about health care here in Aus.

 

Problem with private health is the gap, this is the amount the docs and service providers charge over the medicare rebate. You can take out insurance to cover this but it makes insurance very expensive.

 

I have just had an op in a private hospital and I have health insurance and my out of pocket extras are three thousand dollars. We do not have the gap insurance. We can claim the extras from our tax but only get back about twenty two cents in the dollar paid.

 

Hope someone else can help you with more info.

 

Of course if you are a public patient here having treatment in a public hospital the medicare levy pays for the care. Not all doctors bulk bill here for instance we get I think its about $35 dollars back when we go to the doc but my doc charges $60.00 a visit. Prescriptions are not free and they are approx $34.00 a month, usually get a six month prescription. There is a cap on how much you spend and after you reach the cap for a family the prescription fees are mostly free.

 

Very complicated system to describe hence look also on Wiki as it may also simplify things for you.


Petals

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Guest jkirk

Hi Petals,

 

Thank you for the information.

 

A lot more to look into and we are going the the Oz Expo in Manchester in a couple of months also.

 

Thanks again for your help.

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Hi Jkirk,

 

My case is similar to yours.

Can you please update a reply on this post regarding your current status of the application. Or you in Australia , did the PR got rejected or what.

 

Please reply so that guys like us have some good info.

 

Regards

Tahir

Mumbai | India

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Hi Petals,

 

Thank you for the information.

 

A lot more to look into and we are going the the Oz Expo in Manchester in a couple of months also.

 

Thanks again for your help.

 

Hi Kirk,

 

I have read your post, and I am in a similar situation.

I am a 28 year old american citizen (US), Bachelor of Environmental Sciences. My girlfriend is also 28 years old, she is italian and a Chemist (Bachelor also).

We are both planning to move to Australia with a work and holiday visa to start.

 

I am kidney transplant recipient, got it 3 years ago, never been rejected nor had any problems. Currently, and so since I had received my kidney, I am really healthy, just attending a nephrologist consultation and having blood and urine tests once every two months. In addition, I am taking anti-rejection medication.

 

Given that the kind of visa I am applying to, has no medical coverage, I have to cover full expenses by myself.

Do you have any update or informationn regarding costs of meds, checkups with specialists and costs of healthcare beyond medicare?

 

Hope you are doing fine!

 

With kind regards,

 

Pampa.-

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This post is a couple of years old, and as the op didn't update at the last request I'm guessing they have moved on. You should probably open a new thread.

George Lombard is well known for helping with visas for people with medical issues.


Has two beautiful Aussie little girls :-)

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