Guaranteeing Medicare — aligning reciprocal health care - Budget 2017-18

This measure restricts access to certain subsidised reproductive medicines under Reciprocal Health Care Agreements Australia maintains with other countries.

Information update: This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of Measure

This measure restricts access to certain subsidised reproductive medicines under Reciprocal Health Care Agreements Australia maintains with other countries.

This measure relates to certain Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) subsidised Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidised In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) medicines.

Essential medical treatment continues to be available to eligible people visiting Australia from countries with which Australia has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure affects people covered by Reciprocal Health Care Agreements who are seeking to access ART services and IVF medicines.

What date will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 November 2017 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017