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Old 27th June 2012, 03:08 PM
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Hey all I'm hoping to find some info on British passport holders or irish passport holders in Australia I have duel passports cause I live in northern Ireland is it true that Irish or british passport holders are covered by Medicare? Thanks all

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Old 27th June 2012, 06:46 PM
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Healthcare for visitors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Malta and Italy information sheet

Full medicare cover if from the UK.

Health care for visitors from the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand information sheet

Limited cover if from Ireland. ie only hospital based care, not GP or prescriptions. Would probably need insurance if you need that covered. BUT I believe you dont have to pay the medicare levy when you file your taxes next year.


Can seek exemption from the Medicare Levy (1.5%) by completing the Medicare Levy Exemption form, and lodging this at the end of each tax year, with the Medicare Levy Exemption Unit in Hobart. If the exemption is granted, the refund of the 1.5% Medicare Levy is processed through the annual tax return.

Will not be liable to pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge of 1% (MLS)


So your choice. full cover & full tax or limited cover, you pay for more cover but pay less tax!

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Hi we have today got out 457 visa s and hold Irish passports, Ireland now have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia, the same as the Uk. We did not need to have private health care just an annual travel policy that covered Australia and once we get there we register with Medicare, hope this helps

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Do you actually get GP visits etc Lou because the .gov info seems to state you wont? But then you never know what they'll actually do in practice!

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Hi shel no you don t get gp visits, as mentioned on an earlier posting. But it gives us time to get over there any settled before the big expense of private medical cover. Thing gp visits around $100. Fingers crossed we won t need them. But will more than likely get private cover. Where are you heading, we are off to Darwin

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We went to Paramatta NSW, then back to the UK, will be back in NSW in a couple of years!

Personally I'd get private cover anyway even when fully covered especially when you have kids. I experienced waiting in a bulk billing GP surgery for 5 hours with my son. I had never experienced anything like that, it was horrific and we thought the waits in the UK were bad.

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Old 27th June 2012, 09:21 PM
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Thanks for that will take your advice. Lived in toongabbie for two years - a long time ago

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