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Reciprocal Health Care Agreements - visiting from the United Kingdom

If you’re visiting Australia from the United Kingdom you may be eligible for medical care under Medicare while you’re here.

  1. Reciprocal Health Care Agreements
  2. When Australians go overseas

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements - How to prove you're eligible under the agreement

You’ll need to prove you’re from Australia and eligible for Medicare when you’re in another country.

Payments while outside Australia

To get your payment or concession card while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules at all times.

  1. International Services
  2. How we can help

Social security agreements for International services

We have these agreements with many countries.

  1. When Australians go overseas
  2. About reciprocal health care agreements

Reciprocal Health Care Agreement - 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.

  1. Top payments
  2. International social security agreements

How international social security agreements help you

Agreements may help you to claim payments in Australia or the other country. They can also help you meet the minimum periods you need to qualify for a payment.

  1. Top payments
  2. International Services

How we can help with International services

You may be able to get a pension from Australia or another country under an agreement. You may also get your current payment if you're going overseas.

  1. Reciprocal Health Care Agreements
  2. When you visit Australia

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements - visiting from the Republic of Ireland

If you’re visiting Australia from the Republic of Ireland, you may be eligible for medical care under Medicare while you’re here.

  1. Reciprocal Health Care Agreements
  2. When Australians go overseas

About reciprocal health care agreements

These are agreements with some countries where visitors can get publicly funded medically necessary care.

  1. Living arrangements
  2. Going overseas

Before you leave Australia

What to do before you travel or move overseas. How your plans may affect your payments, concession cards, health care and child support.

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