(Note: This post was originally published at The Sydney Life, an expat blog by Samantha Binding.) I’m not going to lie, the medical system in Australia has reduced me to tears on a couple of occasions. Coming from the UK, where everything is free at point of care, it’s been a shock to the system […]
Health Insurance for Expats Living in Australia
Part of moving to Australia is sorting out your health insurance. If you are on a temporary work visa in Australia, you will need proof of health insurance even if you qualify for medicare in Australia. Once you get to Australia, you can then get your medicare card if your home country is part of the reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia.
When applying for a working Australian Visa a common requirement is to prove that you have ‘adequate health insurance for your stay within Australia’. This requirement varies based on the visa subclass with the post popular two categories explained below. It’s important to note that when an individual plans to bring their partner or family […]
Having private health coverage is a requirement for a student visa in Australia. The options for private student health insurance are usually limited, covering only immediate necessary medical treatment and not much else, i.e. in case of an emergency coverage. The biggest financial hit will be pharmaceuticals as most overseas student health coverage have a […]
If you are on a 457 temp. visa and from UK, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the Republic of Ireland, or New Zealand you qualify for the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement in Australia. This means that you are eligible to receive immediate necessary medical treatment from the Australian public health care system. […]
As of Sept 14, 2009 all 457 temporary business visa holders are required to have a minimum level of insurance that must remain up-to-date for the duration of your time spent in Australia. Things to watch out for when getting your Australian health insurance. 1. Waiting periods: Some insurance policies impose 12 month waiting periods […]