Medicare is a publicly funded universal health care scheme in Australia. Operated by the government authority Medicare Australia, Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia, funding primary health care for Australian citizens and permanent residents (except for those on Norfolk Island).
Residents are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical practitioners, eligible midwives, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals who have been issued a Medicare provider number and can also obtain free treatment in public hospitals.
As an NZ Citizen, you are eligible for Medicare Australia. However, you do need to either be living in Australia for 6 months or provide proof that you’ll be living here for the next 6 months.
The info you will find below in this post:
Here is all the information you will need for Medicare enrollment for New Zealand Citizens: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/medicare-enrolment-new-zealand-citizens.
It is recommended you wait one week after your arrival in Australia before applying, to allow time for Medicare to receive your visa details from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
You get a Medicare card when you enrol in Medicare. They’ll usually tell you your Medicare number straight away and send your card in 3 to 4 weeks. They’ll send it to the address you give them. You can use a digital copy of your Medicare card as soon as you enrol.
You can get a digital copy of your Medicare card. You’ll need to sign into the Express Plus Medicare app to access it. To use the app, you need a myGov account linked to your Medicare online account. If you don’t have these, set them up and then download the app.
Complete a Medicare enrolment form and mail or email it with your documents to Medicare Enrolment Services. You don’t need to get your supporting document certified. You can still apply in person in a Medicare Office. Please remember to take your passport.
As a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, you need to provide 2 residency documents from the below (2 documents from Australia or 1 document from Australia and 1 from where you last lived).
Documents from another country:
Documents from Australia:
As you can see from the above, these documents support the fact that you have moved to Australia and plan to live there for the foreseeable future. Not just on holiday and wish to get cheap healthcare while there. Most rental agreements in Australia are for a 1-year minimum. If you moved your furniture over, you are not going to move it back in a hurry… etc.
You can read more on the Medicare Australia website, about the documents you need if you’re a New Zealand citizen to prove your identity and residency.
You can find the below information on the Medicare’s eligibility criteria webpage.
You can enrol in Medicare if you live in Australia and you’re any of these:
You can also enrol if you’re a citizen or permanent resident of any of these: Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island or Lord Howe Island. You may be able to enrol if you’re visiting from a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement country.
The PBS rebate is deducted before being sold to you. After this most people should pay a maximum of $23.10 towards the cost of medicine covered by PBS, and concession card holders a maximum of $3.70.
If your doctor has Bulk Bills (rather hard to find but more common for concession card holders), you should not have to pay anything for an appointment with your doctor.
If they do not bulk bill, you will need to pay the ‘gap’ between the Medicare rebate and the fee if the surgery will do the rebate on the spot, or the entire amount (most common). If you pay the entire amount you need to apply to Medicare for the rebate, in person or via the post.
The Medicare scheduled fee for a standard appointment is approximately $29.45 and the doctor’s fee can be around $40. Your out-of-pocket expenses are what is taken into account if you register for the Medicare Safety Net.
For more information on Medicare visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/contact-us.
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