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5 basics about the Australian health care system

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1. What is medicare?

Medicare is Australia’s national health care system.

2. What does medicare cover?

Medicare covers the full cost of public hospital treatment and provides free or subsidised treatment by medical practitioners.

3. Who is able to access medicare?

All Australian citizens sand permanent residences living in Australia are able to access medicare.

4. What are the benefits of private health care?

Private health insurance allows benefits including: (1) choice of hospital (2) choice of timing or procedure (3) choice of doctor. It can also assist in meeting the cost of health services not covered by medicare.

5. What is the reciprocal health care agreement?

Some visitors to Australia have restricted access to Medicare for medically necessary treatment because their country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. For more information on which countries Australia has an agreement with visit the following link: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements

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