Agreements with 11 countries that covers the cost of medically necessary care when Australians visit certain countries and visitors from these countries visit Australia.
About reciprocal health care agreements
These are agreements with some countries where visitors can get publicly funded medically necessary care.
Some agreement countries don’t cover the cost of medicine when you travel to them. Others will partly cover the cost of prescribed medicine.
How to prove you’re eligible
You’ll need to prove you’re from Australia and eligible for Medicare when you’re in another country.
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.
Visitors to Australia
Health 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.
Medical care when you visit Australia
To enrol in Medicare under an agreement and get benefits for some medical services in Australia, you must meet the RHCA conditions.
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.
More about travelling overseas information
You should always get travel health insurance. Even in a country Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with.