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Old Jul 26th 2005, 3:13 am
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Question 457 and medicare

Dear All

I have read two different statements on this site.

1. 457 visa holder are not entitled to use medicare other than reciprocal agreements with other countries(which I don't understand excatly)
2. 457 visa holders can apply for medicare, and once you have your cards you can use all medicare services.

Can someone tell me which is true?

I am concerned as I have been offered a job with health insurance that may not cover my wife and kids. More over the private health does not cover obstetrics, and since my wife and I plan another child next year - I need to know if she will be okay healthcare wise...

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Old Jul 26th 2005, 3:17 am
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Originally Posted by alexleeson
Dear All

I have read two different statements on this site.

1. 457 visa holder are not entitled to use medicare other than reciprocal agreements with other countries(which I don't understand excatly)
2. 457 visa holders can apply for medicare, and once you have your cards you can use all medicare services.

Can someone tell me which is true?

I am concerned as I have been offered a job with health insurance that may not cover my wife and kids. More over the private health does not cover obstetrics, and since my wife and I plan another child next year - I need to know if she will be okay healthcare wise...

Thanks
See this link: http://www.hic.gov.au/yourhealth/ser...alta_italy.htm which describes the reciprocal arrangement. On a 457 you are classed as a visitor.

We are on a 457 and our medicare card is a different colour and states that we are only eligible for limited immediate care.

Hope this helps.
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Old Jul 26th 2005, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by webgum
See this link: http://www.hic.gov.au/yourhealth/ser...alta_italy.htm which describes the reciprocal arrangement. On a 457 you are classed as a visitor.

We are on a 457 and our medicare card is a different colour and states that we are only eligible for limited immediate care.

Hope this helps.
We're hoping to go out in December on 457. Have you purchased private medical insurance to top this up?

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Old Jul 26th 2005, 8:06 am
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I have since found out that as British residents in Australia, we are entitled to general NHS services, including in/out patient and subsidized prescriptions (since I am diabetic, I am very happy about this!)

I will have private health, but only because it is offered by the employer.

My wife, who is not British is not covered, so I have to get private health for her. Complete coverage is about 120 dollars a month - fully comprehensive.
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Old Jul 26th 2005, 8:28 am
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Quite a bit of info here.......

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...t=457+medicare
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Old Jul 26th 2005, 10:00 am
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I copied the below from the website...http://www.hic.gov.au/yourhealth/ser...alta_italy.htm

Your entitlements:
As a resident of one of these countries you are entitled to the following for any ill-health or injury requiring immediate treatment while in Australia:

free treatment as a public in-patient or outpatient in a public hospital
subsidised medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Medicare benefits for out-of-hospital medical treatment provided by doctors through private surgeries and community health centres.

Is this not the case? This doesn't seem to match the experience of persons living in Australia.
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Old Jul 26th 2005, 10:37 am
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I came over on a 457 temp visa end of October 2004.

I've scanned the actual document issued to me by Medicare in reference to the reciprocal health care.

I doubt it has changed.
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