RHCA - visiting from Sweden

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.

What’s covered

It covers:

  • 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

To enrol, you need to visit a service centre with a completed Medicare enrolment form and documents you need to show.

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.

Page last updated: 1 March 2018