The UK and Ireland have reciprocal health care agreements with Australia, meaning that Australian travellers can access the national health services in
both countries. This doesn't mean you won't pay for treatment or medication, and it isn't a replacement for travel insurance, which is always a necessity.
Remember to take your Medicare card with you – you'll need it, along with your passport, to prove that you're eligible.
- Australians can access the national health care services in both the UK and Ireland, but you may still have to pay for medication and some treatments.
- Remember to take your Medicare card with you – you'll need it, along with your passport, to prove that you're eligible.
The reciprocal agreement with the UK gives Australians access to NHS GPs as well as emergency treatment, care in a public ward at an NHS hospital, ambulance travel to NHS facilities, out-patient care at NHS hospitals, and prescription medication (though you will need to pay a small fee). It doesn't cover non-subsidised medication or dental services. Make sure you ask for care as an NHS patient.
The reciprocal health care agreement with Ireland allows Australians to access emergency care as a public patient in a public hospital, maternity care and part of the cost of prescription medication if you spend over a set amount. It does not allow for ongoing treatment, accommodation as a private patient in a private or public hospital, or visits to a GP.
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