If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply. Finns are covered by the reciprocal agreement for the duration of their stay in Australia until their visa expires. More information about mutual agreement on public health can be found on this site or by email [email protected]. You can also call Medicare directly on 0061 2 9895 3333. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. New Zealand and Australia have a mutual health agreement, which means that New Zealand citizens travelling to Australia are entitled to limited subsidized health services for the necessary medical care during a visit to Australia. The mutual health agreement includes necessary medical treatment. The necessary medical treatment is any illness or injury that occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before returning home. Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016: they need a valid Finnish passport and, if they are not Finnish citizens, they also need a health insurance card issued by the Finnish Social Security Institute or a valid European health insurance card with the initials FI or 2 residence documents.
The Australian government has RHCA with the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Malta, Italy, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand. The new RHCA can be negotiated at any time. To register with Medicare, visitors to the Netherlands need a valid Dutch passport, either their European health insurance card with the initials NL or proof of insurance valid under the Dutch health insurance system. Norwegians need a valid Norwegian passport and proof of valid insurance under the Norwegian national insurance system or a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with the initials NO. They are insured for the duration of their stay in Australia until the expiry date of their visa, national insurance or CEC card. Many hospitals in Montenegro do not accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to prove that you are entitled to free emergency care. You are treated as if you were in the country in question. In general, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a British national, you can still be insured for an inexpensive or free treatment if you normally live in the UK. People in some countries are covered by a mutual health agreement (REziprok) between their country and Australia. These agreements may entitle you to limited subsidized health services for the necessary medical care during a visit to Australia.