The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. Residents of some countries can access Medicare through reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA). The provision of medical services in these countries may be more limited than under the NHS. You must ensure that you have valid private travel insurance when travelling ashore. Travellers from certain countries may be covered by a mutual health agreement with Australia if they have a tourist visa or work visa. The agreement on mutual health care means that they can claim benefits to cover the costs of immediate necessary medical care in the public health system. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. Finns are covered by the reciprocal agreement for the duration of their stay in Australia until their visa expires. The list of countries that have a mutual agreement with the United Kingdom has been updated. Agreement between the United Kingdom and certain third countries regarding national insurance and entitlement to benefits. If you visit one of the countries on this page and need urgent or immediate medical treatment, it is available at a reduced cost or, in some cases, free of charge.
Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016: No. Although it is always recommended that you purchase travel insurance when travelling, it is not necessary for visitors from RHCA countries to purchase the health protection of foreign visitors. Australia has a mutual health agreement with the UK, which means that UK residents are able to get some health services free of charge while visiting Australia. However, there are several reasons why someone from a country with a mutual health agreement could still choose to purchase OVHC insurance. OVHC policies can cover goods that are not covered by Medicare and are therefore not available to RHCA visitors without health insurance: find out which non-European countries in the Economic Area (EEA) the UK has national insurance and benefits agreements. If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply. Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing, but may change. You can check the current status of any mutual health agreement for which you are allowed to check here on the Australian government website. Here is an overview of the countries that currently have mutual agreement and demands: for these reasons, it is still possible for someone from a country with a mutual health agreement to conclude OVHC during their stay in Australia: there are 11 countries that have concluded mutual health agreements: the bilateral social security agreement with Chile began on June 1, 2015. This guide has been updated to put Chile on the list of third countries. have reached a mutual agreement with the United Kingdom.
You are treated as if you were in the country in question.