To be eligible for Medicare you must be a resident of the Netherlands before arriving in Australia, and use the Netherlands Health Insurance Scheme.
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 Netherlands.
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 passport, and:
- proof you’re in the Netherlands Health Insurance Scheme, or
- your European Health Insurance Card with the initials NL
When your cover starts and ends
Your cover starts the day you arrive in Australia.
It ends when the first of these expires:
- your Netherlands health insurance
- your European Health Insurance Card
- your visa
If you’re here on a student visa, you’re eligible for Medicare.
You and your family are eligible for Medicare the whole time you’re posted here as a diplomat.