RHCA - visiting Norway

The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have with Norway may cover some of your medical costs in Norway’s public health system.

It must be:

  • medically necessary care that can’t wait till you get home
  • within 12 months after you arrive

Adults will need to pay a small fee for each service.

What’s covered

It covers:

  • care from a National Insurance Scheme (NIS) GP
  • care in an NIS hospital
  • care in as an out-patient in an NIS hospital
  • specialist care if you have a referral from an NIS GP
  • ambulance travel
  • emergency dental care
  • other medical care if an NIS GP prescribes it
  • prescription medicine - you’ll pay full price until you spend about $347 in 1 year; it’s free after that - you may need to show proof that you’ve spent over the limit
  • free health care for children up to the age of 12 - this includes physiotherapy
  • free visits to a doctor for children up to the age of 16
  • free prescription medicines for children up to the age of 16
  • free psychological care for children up to the age of 18
  • birth care
  • oxygen therapy
  • dialysis

Your travel insurance may cover these and other extra costs.

What's not covered

The agreement doesn’t cover students and diplomats.

What to do

Be ready to:

  • show your passport and Medicare card
  • give your Australian address

Keep all your receipts for medicines.

Read how to prove you’re eligible.

Find out more

Contact an office of the NIS.

Page last updated: 28 August 2017