To be eligible for Medicare you must be a resident of Sweden before arriving in Australia.
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 Sweden.
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 Swedish citizen
You’ll need to show your passport and evidence of your current visa.
You may need to show at least 2 documents that prove you live in Sweden.
If you’re not a Swedish citizen
You’ll need to show your passport, evidence of current visa, and:
- a Health Insurance Certificate from a Swedish Social Insurance office
- your European Health Insurance Card with the initials SE, or
- 2 documents showing you’re a resident of Sweden
Documents proving you’re from Sweden:
- 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 on the day your visa expires.
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.