Australia has a complex healthcare system including both public & private provision. Medicare the state-run healthcare scheme is available to all citizens, permanent residents and some temporary visitors, however most Australians choose to take out some form of extra healthcare provision.
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Consultation fees for doctors, including specialists. You are free to choose to see any GP at any practice you like - it is not necessary to register with the practice first.
Tests and examinations by doctors needed to treat illnesses, including X-rays and pathology tests
Eye tests performed by optometrists
Most surgical and other therapeutic procedures performed by doctors
Some surgical procedures performed by approved dentists
If you choose to be admitted as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital, you will receive treatment by doctors and specialists nominated by the hospital. You will not be charged for care and treatment, or after-care by the treating doctor.
If you are a private patient in a public or private hospital, you will have a choice of doctor to treat you. Medicare will pay 75 per cent of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures provided by the treating doctor. If you have private health insurance some or all of the outstanding balance can be covered.
You will be charged for hospital accommodation and items such as theatre fees and medicines. These costs can also be covered by private health insurance.
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You can arrange private health insurance to cover many of these services.
You are eligible for Medicare if you:
If you are entering Australia on a temporary visa or a temporary long stay visa and have UK citizenship then you are eligible to medicare for the duration of your visit under a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement (RHCA).
Under this agreement you will be entitled to the following for any ill -health of injury requiring treatment while in Australia:
Free treatment as a public in-patient or outpatient in a public hospital
Subsidised medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Medicare benefits for out-of-hospital medical treatment provided by doctors through private surgeries and community health centres.
You may wish however to take out private medical insurance as the majority of Australian's do.
There are many insurance schemes available which can comprise:
Hospital cover and in-patient treatment
Extra dental, optical and other services
All-in-one comprehensive cover