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Old Dec 30th 2007, 11:03 am
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Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I have just be told ( on 28th December) that I need a minor operation...

We have flights booked, dogs flights booked, removal company etc all set for us to fly 15th Jan so there is no way (even if I use our savings) to get it done even privately...

So, my question is, how easy or otherwise will it be to get this op done on Tassie. How does it work with the insurance etc?

HELP!

Cathy.
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Old Dec 30th 2007, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by cathy_rainbow View Post
Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I have just be told ( on 28th December) that I need a minor operation...

We have flights booked, dogs flights booked, removal company etc all set for us to fly 15th Jan so there is no way (even if I use our savings) to get it done even privately...

So, my question is, how easy or otherwise will it be to get this op done on Tassie. How does it work with the insurance etc?

HELP!

Cathy.
If you qualify for Medicare you can get it done for free but you will need to see a GP, get a surgical referral etc etc - that will take TIME plus there may be a waiting list. Medical Insurance won't cover it as it will be a pre-existing condition. The final alternative is to get it done privately here and pay the full whack [it may be cheaper than the UK].
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Old Dec 30th 2007, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by cathy_rainbow View Post
Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I have just be told ( on 28th December) that I need a minor operation...

We have flights booked, dogs flights booked, removal company etc all set for us to fly 15th Jan so there is no way (even if I use our savings) to get it done even privately...

So, my question is, how easy or otherwise will it be to get this op done on Tassie. How does it work with the insurance etc?

HELP!

Cathy.
If you qualify for medicare, than take the letter that you have received in UK, to your new GP in Australia show her that you were due to have the operation back in UK, but you werent going to be there, they then refer you to the hospital, again take letter with you, then they book you for op, the waiting time isnt as long as UK one's.
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Old Dec 30th 2007, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by chris and farideh View Post
If you qualify for medicare, than take the letter that you have received in UK, to your new GP in Australia show her that you were due to have the operation back in UK, but you werent going to be there, they then refer you to the hospital, again take letter with you, then they book you for op, the waiting time isnt as long as UK one's.
sorry to be dim, but how do you qualify for medicare??

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If you are a Pom there is a reciprocal medical arrangement for "necessary" medical treatment. You wander along to the medicare office, register and get your card. If what you are after is elective surgery then I am not sure if that is covered. It also would not be covered by private insurance because, as someone has said already, it is a pre-existing condition. For example, in Aus, things like gall bladder removal, tonsil removal etc are generally considered elective.
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Originally Posted by cathy_rainbow View Post
sorry to be dim, but how do you qualify for medicare??

Cathy
If your 136 visa is a permanent visa [not sure !] then you are eligible for medicare. Just wander into a medicare office a couple of days after you arrive and fill in the paperwork.
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Originally Posted by cathy_rainbow View Post
sorry to be dim, but how do you qualify for medicare??

Cathy
What type visa are you coming over with?
I was on 137 PR, & I was cover for a major operation, & didnt have to pay penny for it.
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Originally Posted by hoofie2002 View Post
If your 136 visa is a permanent visa [not sure !] then you are eligible for medicare. Just wander into a medicare office a couple of days after you arrive and fill in the paperwork.
You do need your tax file number first though
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have a look on the medicare site and may be contact them...they will let you know what to do...good luck.....stay well....

http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/
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Originally Posted by Tiawamutu View Post
You do need your tax file number first though
When I arrived on 1st August this year I signed up for Medicare the same afternoon. I didn't get a TFN until about 3 weeks later once ATO believed that I really had arrived in Oz.

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Originally Posted by lonndongeek View Post
When I arrived on 1st August this year I signed up for Medicare the same afternoon. I didn't get a TFN until about 3 weeks later once ATO believed that I really had arrived in Oz.

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You still have to let them know though, as it's not fully activated until you do
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Originally Posted by chris and farideh View Post
What type visa are you coming over with?
I was on 137 PR, & I was cover for a major operation, & didnt have to pay penny for it.
Thanks for that guys!

Our visa is a Permanant Residency one so it all sems ok.

I was imagining the worst!

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Originally Posted by cathy_rainbow View Post
Thanks for that guys!

Our visa is a Permanant Residency one so it all sems ok.

I was imagining the worst!

Cathy
Dont worry then, I went to the GP with in the first month of arrival with my letter from the hospital that I had from UK, got refer to the hospital, the whole thing took less than 4 months.
Good luck.
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