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  1. International Expat Discussions
    Sorry if this is a repeat... But needing to know of any companies out there that offer Medical Coverage Abroad. I am retired and have Blue Cross Blue Shield Advantage Plan / Medicare but they don't offer it. I would like to have some decent coverage in the Philippines when I get there.. Cebu...
  2. Life in Australia
    Hi guys, I am applying for Medicare after permanently moving to Australia with my wife under 189 PR. When filling out the Medicare application form I guess we have two options. (I) Both of us can enter our details in the same form and apply for 1 card and get duplicates of that or (II) We can...
  3. Life in Australia
    Hi Team, I have below queries with regards to medicare 1) Next week, We are applying for 186 PR from different employer[Otherthan current] and as I understand I will be getting Bridging visa as soon as I submit the application. With that can I apply for medicare card ? 2) Currently I am on...
  4. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Myself and my wife will be landing in Sydney in January 2021 on 189 PR. After so much of hassle with numerous flight cancellations due to covid 19, we are finally hoping to make our first entry. After quarantine is completed we need to register ourselves with government services, banking...
  5. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi I recently got married in Jan 2020 and within 1 week after my wedding, we applied for Visa 309 (Offshore). My wife arrived in Australia on 9th March 2020 on Visitor Visa 600. Now My wife is pregnant and she doesn't have Medicare. I have read few past forums and people who's Visa 309 got...
  6. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    I am an Australian citizen and have been living and working in the UK for almost 21 years. I am thinking (dreaming) of returning home to Australia in the next 12 - 18 months. I am over 50 years old so the chances of developing an illness of some kind has increased. If I develop any illness...
  7. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hello everybody, I have a question related to the Medicare Levy Exemption. I am working in Australia with a 457 visa and I have a premium insurance from Bupa paid by my company which it almost pays for everything. When I have requested the Medicare Levy Exemption in order to be able to get the...
  8. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi Friends, What are the implication of the validation trip on Medicare (insurance)?. I heard there will be penality from medicare, due to lack of insurrance in validatoin trip, is it so? Regards, Sandeep
  9. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    I have received invitation to apply for 189 and I have already lodged my visa. Now in the process of uploading documents. My question is: Can I cancel my private health insurance once I have received my medicare card (though the temporary one, because the actual one will arrive only after visa...
  10. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi All, My wife and I have got a PR to Australia (IED: Oct 2017) and we have already made a small trip to validate it few months back. My wife is currently in the 4th month of her pregnancy and i have got a job offer from my company for an internal opening in Syndey. If i accept it, I will have...
  11. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi guys, Me and my husband will move to Adelaide on 489 provisional visa. We do not want to wait 2 years to get permanent residency and I want to know if I live there on this 489 visa I can still apply for 190 visa for permanent residency? We do not want to wait 2 years, because we want to...
  12. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hello All, My PR has been approved on July 2016 and will be moving permanently to Australia shortly. My query- It has been around year and half I took my medical tests for PR. Will we be required to take any additional medical tests(upon arrival) when we are applying for medicare card.If yes...
  13. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    One of the components of your tax statements at the end of each financial year is the often less understood and obscure 'Medical Levy'. Here is a brief description of what this actally means, how much it costs the taxpayers and how you can keep a check on this particular aspect. Medicare gives...
  14. Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai
    Hi - I've read through a lot of the message boards on taxation, and hope that someone can answer a couple of questions I have / confirm my information as being (mostly) accurate. I will be employed by a UAE-based, UAE-owned private company with no ties to the US as far as I know. So, suppose...
  15. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hello everyone, I am rather confused with how medicare works and the medicare levy charged yearly vs having private health insurance. Let's assume for the sake of an example i earn $85K per year. So I'm assuming I will be taxed this medicare levy on a monthly basis. And this percentage charged...
  16. Life in Australia
    My wife and I gained permanent residency status in Australia just over 1 year ago having been granted contributory parental visa's. At that time, we took out Private Medical Insurance covering Hospital Treatment and "Extras". We are 64 and 60 respectively. Our sole (very modest) income is...
  17. Life in Australia
    I am creating this thread for the benefit of those who wish to obtain their Medicare number quickly. I registered for a Medicare card at a centre expecting to receive the temporary statement containing the Medicare number but the officers say they do not issue the temporary slips there. From...
  18. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi everyone I'm a 33 year old lady, emigrating to Melbourne on 29th February. I suddenly feel woefully unprepared. I have booked an Airbnb for the first 7 nights and looks on Flatmatefinders for longer term accommodation. I've signed up to Seek and MichaelPage (I work in digital marketing)...
  19. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi, I wanted to know we are granted a bridging visa to be in Australia on the basis of our permanent residency application. - How difficult is it to get bridging visa with work rights? - Are we able to apply for Medicare in the time-being? Thanks, dedm
  20. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    Hi there, My husband has recently traveled to Australia and I am planning to travel in two months. I am almost midway my pregnancy and have recently found that the company insurance policy has 6 months wait time. I am reading things on medicare and public healthcare here on forum. Can someone...
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