Visiting New Zealand
The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have with New Zealand may cover some of your medical costs in the New Zealand public health system.
It must be:
- necessary medical care that can’t wait till you get home
- within 2 years after you arrive.
- hospital care
- maternity services
What it doesn’t cover
It doesn’t cover:
- care from a GP or other primary care
- the full cost of medicines a GP prescribes - you’ll pay part of the cost of these
- ambulance travel.
Your travel insurance may cover these and other extra costs.
What to do
Be ready to show your passport and Medicare card.
Where to find out more
You can read more about New Zealand’s reciprocal health agreements with Australia on the Ministry of Health website.
Page last updated: 16 January 2020
This information was printed 16 July 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements/when-australians-go-overseas/about-reciprocal-health-care-agreements/visiting-new-zealand. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.