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Medicare is the scheme that gives Australian residents access to healthcare. It gives all Australians and some people from overseas a wide range of health and hospital services at no cost or low cost.

Who is eligible for Medicare?

You are eligible for Medicare benefits if you:

  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen

  • are an Australian permanent resident

  • have applied for permanent residency (some conditions apply)

  • are a temporary resident covered by a Ministerial Order

  • are a citizen or permanent resident of Norfolk Island, Cocos Islands, Christmas Island or Lord Howe Island

  • are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with another country

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements is a scheme with 11 countries that cover the cost of medically necessary care when Australians visit certain countries and visitors from these countries visit Australia.

Below is the list of the 11 countries included, click the flag to find out the conditions on the ServicesAustralia portal:

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