If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply. Make sure you have comprehensive health insurance before you travel to Australia. If you are not covered by the mutual health agreements between Australia and the United Kingdom, the cost of treatment may be high. The CEC is not applicable outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Be sure to mention the mutual health agreement with the UK and have all the necessary evidence documents when you have access to health care. Copies of reciprocal health agreements, as established in New Zealand legislation, are linked below: the agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. If you exchange the words “UK” or “Southern” for “New Zealand” and “New Zealand” for “Uk” or “Australian” in the corresponding summaries above, you will see what the agreements on the rights of New Zealand citizens and state-of-residence owners in those countries say. Unfortunately, in the United Kingdom, the NHS does not provide clear and accurate information on its mutual health agreement with Australia, and the result of this lack of clear information is that most British doctors believe that they can only treat Australian travellers under the NHS in an emergency, which they define as a life or death situation or an accident. To need medication for chronic long-term health problems is not covered according to them. Australia has a mutual health agreement with the UK, which means that UK residents are able to get some health services free of charge while visiting Australia. When a person receives services as part of the mutual agreement, they cannot register with a primary health organization (PHA). You should receive the same health grants as a New Zealand citizen who visits a family doctor as a casual patient when the doctor has decided that the condition requires immediate attention. You can register with a family doctor and you must receive an NHI number if they do not have one yet.
You are treated as if you were in the country in question. In general, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a British national, you can still be insured for an inexpensive or free treatment if you normally live in the UK. There are a number of services that are not publicly funded, and these are different from country to country. Since none of the reciprocal agreements offer full coverage, travellers should purchase comprehensive travel insurance, including health insurance. The level of health care in Australia is very good. Under the mutual health plan, British citizens residing in the UK and travelling on a British passport are entitled to Medicare-limited subsidized health care for necessary medical care during a visit to Australia. This does not apply to existing diseases or treatments that do not require immediate attention. These provisions do not apply to non-visitors, z.B. to people studying in Australia. Other exceptions under the reciprocal agreement are non-hospitalized drugs, ambulance services and expensive medical evacuations.
Note: Mutual health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: New Zealand has mutual health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom (United Kingdom). At any time, some services may be funded by public funds for those covered by the agreements.