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hey guys

i just made an appointment at specsavers and they said they bulkbill to medicare. we dont have a medicare card, we had to get medical insurance as part of my oh's student visa. is this the same thing or should we get a medicare card?

we;re not really sure how it works!!

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Hi Emma:

If you are a PR then you can get a Medicare card by going to a local Medicare office:
Medicare Australia

Your purchased insurance is not the same thing, however it might cover some or all if optical is part of the 'extras' in the Insurance you purchased.

If you are eligible for Medicare then you would not pay anything as Specsavers will charge the bulk bill rate directly to Medicare.



hey guys

i just made an appointment at specsavers and they said they bulkbill to medicare. we dont have a medicare card, we had to get medical insurance as part of my oh's student visa. is this the same thing or should we get a medicare card?

we;re not really sure how it works!!

Thanks
Emma xx
 

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Thanks!! we;re not perm, just here on student visa. will check now on private. i was actually willing to pay specsavers! didnt realise you got it via medicare!



Hi Emma:

If you are a PR then you can get a Medicare card by going to a local Medicare office:
Medicare Australia

Your purchased insurance is not the same thing, however it might cover some or all if optical is part of the 'extras' in the Insurance you purchased.

If you are eligible for Medicare then you would not pay anything as Specsavers will charge the bulk bill rate directly to Medicare.
 

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I think you'll still pay Specsavers as I don't think anyone other than PRs and AU Citizens are eligible for Medicare.

Thanks!! we;re not perm, just here on student visa. will check now on private. i was actually willing to pay specsavers! didnt realise you got it via medicare!
 

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Visitors to Australia are eligible for limited medicare card on a temporary basis if there is a reciprocal arrangement with their home country. There are Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCAs) with the the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Malta and Italy. It entitles you to limited subsidised health services for medically necessary treatment while visiting Australia. If you are a student from the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium or Italy you are covered by Medicare

If you are still not a PR/citizen by the time it expires you can simply apply for another one. Details are on the medicare web site

You really should get one sorted and carry with card with you, otherwise if you need health care whilst you're here it could easily cost you mega bucks.
 

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Why to many options - purposefully to confuse.... TAX implications if you don't take it out.

You have to pay for an ambulance to pick you up of all things..... :mad:

Its a stealth tax in Austalia as the public medical is good but we all want private now, don't we. Pay a premium for what.....??

LOL - The biggest joke of all is that Private medical only kicks in when you have a procedure so when you see specialists etc. that gets covered by medi-care and you still have to cough.

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It's amazing how many people don't realise they can apply for one.

I believe if you are in Australia on a temporary work permit, and have been issued with a limited Medicare card, you can apply for a full Medicare card as soon as you put your PR application in? i.e. before PR has been approved.

Someone correct me please if this has changed recently, or if it's wrong.
 
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