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 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
You’ll need to show your passport, evidence of current visa 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 a student
If you’re here on a student visa, you’re 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.