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24-07-2012

Medically necessary treatment under reciprocal health care agreements

The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCAs) with several countries which is meant to cover ill health arising during your stay, including inpatient and outpatient care. However each agreement is different and varies in benefits for medically necessary treatment and duration of eligibility. This is a complex area of travel health cover especially if you have any or multiple chronic health conditions.

Not all treament is covered under an RHCA
Some exceptions are: treatment which is pre-arranged or elective, not immediately necessary, ambulance cover and para medical services, dental care, medical evacuation to your home country, funerals, treatment and accommodation in private hospitals, or as a private patient in a public hospital.

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) and eligible visitors to Australia are entitled to use dialysis services in Australia as a public patient. The number of dialysis treatments a person receives depends on availability of resources of the treating hospital.

Note: individual Australian states may impose limits on the number of free treatments offered and this varies.

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