Medicare and Australians Travelling Overseas

Medicare does not provide benefits for treatment received overseas. However, eligible Australian residents are entitled to assistance with the cost of medical treatment in the following countries who have signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with the Australian Government:

Benefits vary from country to country and may have limitations on the treatment you can receive and the period for which you can receive benefits.

We suggest you take out an appropriate level of travel insurance when travelling overseas as the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement is unlikely to cover all medical costs incurred while in these countries.

Overseas Visitors with Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Australia has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with: New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Norway, Malta, Belgium, Slovenia and Ireland. Each reciprocal agreement is different, varying in both benefits and duration of eligibility. The Agreements do not cover all health services.

Some services not covered under the agreements are:

For this reason it is strongly recommended that all visitors to Australia from Reciprocal Health Care Agreement countries acquire appropriate health insurance.

HICA has a number of policies designed especially for overseas visitors depending on the type of visa and the duration of your stay in Australia. Should you wish to take advantage of our free assessment / quotation service, we would ask you to complete an assessment form so that we can provide you with our professional recommendations and quotations for the policies that will best suit your particular requirements.

Click here for HICA's Overseas Assessment form or contact us to learn more.