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Hello everyone,

We are a couple averaging 30 years old, both self-employed. We are Belgians, currently living in Belgium, but we are looking to work and live as permanent residents in Australia, also as self-employed workers. (Visa procedure ongoing.)

Would any of you be able to advise us on the suitable health insurance options for this situation to cover any waiting period that might apply for us before we could benefit from Australia's Medicare system? As we are quite happy with the cover we have in Belgium (public system + additional private hospitalisation insurance) we'd ideally be looking for something that gives us the same cover.

If you would have any experience going through the same search, we'd appreciate very much if we could "stand on your shoulders"! :)


Thx & cheers,

Armamoza
 

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Hi there,

Welcome to the forum.

If you become Permanent Residents you will automatically be able to use the Medicare system. There are some who don't bother with private health cover because they are happy with Medicare. If you feel you will need cover in the few days between landing and going to sign up at the Medicare offices, can't you extend your travel insurance?

TBH, it's not that expensive (depending on what you are covered for). We have private health cover with MediBank and we save a fair bit on dental (it all helps!).

To get an idea on prices and benefits, have a look at Private Health Insurance Australia - iSelect . Also, here's MediBank's website Medibank Private Health Insurance - Compare, Quote & Join Online

Dolly
 
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