Eligibility for Medicare
Your eligibility for Medicare depends on your residency and other factors. People who live in Australia are eligible for Medicare benefits if they:
- are Australian or New Zealand citizens
- are permanent residents
- have applied for permanent residency (excludes an application for a parent visa) and meet certain other criteria
- are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with another country.
Reciprocal Health Care Agreement
These agreements also provide some health services and subsidised medicines to visitors from these countries when they are in Australia.
Agreements have been signed with:
- New Zealand
- the United Kingdom
- the Republic of Ireland
- the Netherlands