By receiving Medicare you may receive free public hospital and general practitioner’s assistance, medical examinations including X-rays and pathology tests, eye tests performed by optometrists, most surgical procedures and subsidised medicines.
Medicare will not cover ambulance services, home nursing, physiotherapy, glasses and contact lenses, hearing aids, medical and hospital costs incurred overseas.
If you apply for a Medicare card you will be required to take your card to the health professional each time to attend an appointment.
You should contact Medicare 10 days after your arrival in Australia and take your passport. Medicare have several offices in each capital city and major regional centre in Australia. Medicare can be contacted on 13 2011.
You should also consider taking private health insurance with either MBF or HCF. Some additional benefits that you might receive by taking private health insurance includes:
- Choosing a doctor to treat you;
- Less time spent in hospital waiting queues for a bed;
- Receiving medical treatment in a private hospital instead of a public hospital; or
- Possibly additional dental, optical, physiotherapy and chiropractic services
For more information on Medicare, please click here to visit their website.