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Lynnie
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Hi All!

We are coming over to Brisbane on the 457. I understand that we will not be eligable for medicare until we obtain the pr visa. But what do we do in the mean time? I have contacted Medicare, but they suggested we obtain private health insurance.

Can anyone PLEASE steer us in the right direction? And is it possible to obtain private medical care before we arrive (we arrive on April 1st 2011). We do not want to be without a medical aid for even one day...

ANY advice will be much appreciated!!

Thank you :-)

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For you to be asking this question, I assume, that your 457 visa has not yet been granted?

As part of the 457 visa, and before it is granted, you have to apply for and pay for private medical insurance for at least the 1st month that you are in Australia. You have to send proof to your case officer that this has been arranged.

So, no need to worry about this, without private medical insurance, your 457 visa will not be granted. But, only apply for it once your CO requests it.

Hope this sets your mind at ease a little bit. :)

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Go to this website to compare health insurance

http://iselect.com.au/

HBA, Medibank Private and Australian Unity are some of the health insurance companies which provide health insurance for temporary residents (personally I would not recommend Australian Unity).

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Thanks for the info - it seems a bit confusing with all the other tons of admin that needs to be arranged.....

Do you think the case officer will also be able to recommend a private plan?

I will defenitely check out the link :ilikeit:

How does the medical aids in Oz compare to SA's? The private plans I mean...

Have an awesome day/night :D

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How does the medical aids in Oz compare to SA's? The private plans I mean...

Not very well unfortunately... We were with Momentum in RSA and almost never paid a cent. Now we have top cover and our out of pocket expenses are sky high! Out of a $419 consultation with a specialist, we got $283.10 back from Medicare and zippo from our private health fund...

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Wow, a specialist consult is almost the same price in AU$ as ZAR. Here a GP consult is ZAR 300 and a specialist consult is ZAR 500.

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Your Case Officer will never recommend a plan.

It would be against their guidelines.

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Thanks for all the info.... We'll have to obviously do some more research and consider the options...

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