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International students urged to check health insurance

20 October 2011 - 3:21pm

International students unfamiliar with their health insurance policies are at risk of being denied medical services in Australia.

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has recently banned the delivery of obstetrics and gynaecology care to "ineligible patients," including international students.

Speaking to The Australian, the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) stated that students in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide hospitals have also been refused pregnancy-related treatment.

Recent updates to governing document saw the implementation of a 12-month waiting period before new students or their dependants could claim for pregnancy-related care.

The Deed for the Provision of Overseas Student Health Cover sets out conditions for the five private health funds in Australia that cover international students and specifies the minimum coverage of the costs of shared ward accommodation in public hospitals for international students.

Aside from visits to GPs, obstetrics and pregnancy terminations are reportedly the medical items most claimed by international students.

Exchange students should ensure that they always check their private health insurance policies and be aware of their visa requirements in order to ensure they will have access to quality care.