Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Agreements with 11 countries that covers the cost of medically necessary care when Australians visit certain countries and visitors from these countries visit Australia.

From 1 November 2017 there are changes to some of the benefits visitors to Australia can get under these agreements. Read more on the Department of Health website.


About reciprocal health care agreements

These are agreements with some countries where visitors can get publicly funded medically necessary care.

Read more about reciprocal health care agreements

Medicine costs

Some agreement countries don’t cover the cost of medicine when you travel to them. Others will partly cover the cost of prescribed medicine.

Read more about medicine costs

Proving you’re eligible

You’ll need to prove you’re from Australia and eligible for Medicare when you’re in another country.

Read more about how to prove you're eligible

Medical care when you travel to another country

To be covered under a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with Australia, you’ll need to meet the agreement conditions.

Read more about medical care when you travel

Visitors to Australia

Medical care for visitors to Australia

Some of your costs for medically necessary care in Australia may be covered if your country has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.

Read more about medical care for visitors to Australia

405 and 410 visa holders

Normally you’re not eligible to enrol in Medicare if you’re in Australia on a:

  • 405 investor retirement visa, or
  • 410 retirement visa - applied for or issued after 1 December 1998

You must meet certain criteria to enrol in Medicare.

Assessing your eligibility

To access Medicare when you travel to Australia on a 405 or 410 visa, you must meet certain criteria.

Read more about assessing your eligibility


More about travelling overseas information

You should always get travel health insurance. Even in a country Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with.

Read more about travelling overseas

Related payments and services

Page last updated: 13 December 2017