Further health information for overseas visitors to Australia is available from the Department of Health and Aged Care overseas visitor information web page.The cost of medical and hospital care in Australia can be very expensive; it is highly advisable that all overseas visitors take out some form of health insurance cover, including ambulance cover.
While Australia holds reciprocal health care agreements with the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Malta, New Zealand and Ireland, these agreements do not cover all health services, and time restrictions apply in some cases. Visitors from these countries are therefore advised to take out some form of health insurance cover. Brochures covering the Reciprocal Health Care Agreements are available in Medicare offices.
For visitors from countries that don't have a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia, the following Health Isnurance funds offer health insurance packages for overseas visitors and temporary residents:
AHM (Australian Health Management )
Australian Unity Outside Australia
HBF Health Funds Inc Outside Australia
HCF (Note: cover is limited to diplomats and those on business visas) http://www.hcf.com.au HIF http://www.hif.com.au
All visitors in Australia travelling on student visas are required to be insured with the Overseas Student Health Cover, which is administered by Medibank Private Health Insurance.
Visitors and temporary residents to Australia generally do not have access to Medicare (Australia's national public health care system).