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. These services can be funded to the same extent as for a national of the country they are visiting or staying temporarily. However, as a UK resident (but not a citizen) who pays his NHS tax, I am entitled to mutual treatment in Australia if I can prove my right to the NHS. Copies of the mutual health agreements established in New Zealand legislation are linked below: I have dual nationality between the United States and the United Kingdom, but I obtained my WHV under the British passport as a British citizen. I hope to go to the AU in June/July and stay as long as interest and finances require (before moving to SE Asia). So my question is this: as a British citizen, I should be able to receive primary health care during my stay, right? I know it would largely only be emergency care, but would it cover emergencies due, for example, to adventure sports (kangaroo boxes 😛 shark jumping, outback trips, etc.)? Or get stung by jellyfish? Heat stroke? Or should I buy travel insurance? I guess if the injury is fatal/can lead to a serious illness, then they will cover you and you are on your own for things like pregnancy, flu, etc., I don`t need flight cancellations or lost luggage or pickpocketing coverage, just not wanting to go bankrupt, I have to be hurt. I know I have to buy insurance for SE Asia, but if I could save time in the AU, that would be great. Words of wisdom? In addition, I`ve been to World Nomads, TravelGuard and a few other places, and I get offers for $365. Does this apply to the entire insurance period (one year) or per month? None of them say… The problem is, as you have seen, that the information on reciprocal health care is for the “residents” of the United Kingdom and not the British citizens. This is not surprising, as there is a residence test for Australian citizens in order to get Medicare.
But I don`t know if foreign visitors are actually invited to prove the residence of their country of nationality… The medicare registration form only requires you to provide a passport and visa, but says that “other documents may be required.” I guess if you place your permanent address only outside the UK, you may be asked for more information but do not know anyone who has been in this situation. For information on what to do if you think you have a coronavirus while you are in Australia, check out the health information in the Coronavirus section. 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. You`ll find some basic tips on health care and hospitals in the islands on the GOV. UK website and on the official Turkish and Caicos Island tourism website. The mutual health agreement includes “medically necessary” treatment. Funding for visitors from the UK is more generous than for New Zealanders, as the blankets are for British visitors, including visits by private doctors, not just hospitals. Thank you for your response. However, I am puzzled, he says that fatal or serious illnesses and injuries are fully covered in a hospital (I`m just troubled whether it`s for British citizens or uk-resident-Citizens).