To be eligible for Medicare you must be a resident of Finland.
You need to enrol in Medicare to get a benefit for any medically necessary care under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have with Finland.
If you’re in Australia for a short time and don’t need medical care, there’s no need to enrol.
- medically necessary care as a public patient in a public hospital and out of hospital care
- some prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
How to enrol in Medicare
If you had treatment beforehand, you can claim for an assessment of benefit after enrolling. Your Medicare benefit starts the day you arrived in Australia.
What documents you need to show
If you’re a Finnish citizen
You’ll need to show your Finnish passport, and evidence of current visa.
You may need to show at least 2 documents to prove you live in Finland.
If you’re not a Finnish citizen
You’ll need to show your passport, evidence of current visa, and:
- your Sickness Insurance Card from the Finnish Social Insurance Institution
- your valid European Health Insurance Card with the initials FI, or
- 2 documents proving you live in Finland
Documents proving you live in Finland:
- work contract
- rental or lease agreement or bond receipt
- bank statement
- evidence of child enrolled in childcare or school
- property or contents insurance
- gas, electricity, water or rates account
These must be marked with a date.
When your cover starts and ends
Your cover starts the day you arrive in Australia.
It ends when your visa expires.
If you're a student
If you’re here on a student visa, you’re not eligible for Medicare.
If you're a diplomat
You and your family are eligible for Medicare the whole time you’re posted here as a diplomat.