- Participating Overseas Visitors Health Funds
- Overseas Visitors Cover
- Overseas Visitors Cover, is it for me?
- Benefits of having Overseas Visitors Cover
- How do I purchase Overseas Visitors Cover with iSelect?
- Ambulance services
- Choosing Overseas Visitor Cover
- Eligibility for Overseas Visitor Cover
- Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA)
- Waiting periods for Overseas Visitor Cover
- How to claim benefits
- Who is covered?
- Australian Health System
- What is covered?
- 457 Work Visa
- Policy Details
- 417 Working Holiday Visa
- What is not covered?
- Renewing your Overseas Visitor Cover
- Overseas Student Health Cover
- Travel within Australia
- Retirement/Investor Retirement Visa
- 411 Exchange Visa
- 416 Special Program Visa
- 419 Visiting Academic Visa
- 420 Entertainment Visa
- 442 Occupational Trainee Visa
- Bridging Visa
- 482 TSS Visa
- Permanent Residency
Medicare is Australia’s national health care system. It covers the full cost of public hospital treatment and provides free or subsidised treatment by medical practitioners. It is available to all Australian citizens and permanent residents living in Australia.
Some visitors to Australia have restricted access to Medicare for medically necessary treatment because their country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. However, most visitors and temporary workers have no access to Medicare.
What does it mean if I have no access to Medicare?
No access to Medicare means you have to pay the full cost of basic health care and hospital treatment. What’s more, Australia’s health care services are not cheap. If you need to see a specialist or have tests, you could end up with high medical costs. That’s why as a visitor to Australia, you need to consider private health insurance. Whether you’re in Australia already or you’re planning to visit Australia, it’s easy to organise your health cover with the help of the iSelect website.