Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Proving you’re eligible

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

When you're in another country

Ask staff at the hospital or doctor to treat you under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.

You’ll need to show:

  • your Australian passport or another valid passport, which shows you are a permanent Australian resident, and
  • your current Medicare card
If your Medicare card’s out of date, or will expire while you’re away, contact us before you go overseas to get a new Medicare card before you travel overseas.

When in the Netherlands

If you are travelling to the Netherlands you also need to fill in the Application for an A111 Certificate of eligibility form. Post it to:

Zilveren Kruis
Groep Buitenlands Recht
Postbus 650
7300 AR Apeldoorn Netherlands

You can do this before you leave home or when you get to the Netherlands.

This information was printed Saturday 25 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements/australians/proving-youre-eligible It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 22 August 2018