To be eligible for Medicare you must be a citizen of Malta, and a resident of Malta before arriving in Australia. This includes all the Maltese Islands.
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 Malta.
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
- prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Enrol in Medicare
For treatment you had beforehand you can claim for an assessment of benefit after enrolling. Your benefit starts the day you arrived in Australia.
Documents you need to show
You’ll need to show:
- your Maltese passport
- your Maltese identity card, or
- proof you’re a dependent on someone else’s Maltese passport or identity card
You may need to show at least 2 documents proving you live in Malta:
- 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
When your cover starts and ends
Your cover starts the day you arrive in Australia.
It ends after 6 months unless your visa expires earlier.
If you’re here on a student visa, you’re not eligible for Medicare.
You and your family are eligible for Medicare the whole time you’re posted here as a diplomat.