(3) New Zealand generally interprets « temporary stay » as a stay of less than two years if a person who does not have permanent residence in New Zealand or who has a work visa of more than two years does not last more than two years. This is why Australian international visitors must purchase health insurance prior to their arrival, unless their country has a mutual health agreement with Australia. Both travel insurance and the health protection of foreign visitors (OVHC) can contribute to the cost of medical care in Australia. To register with Medicare, visitors to the Netherlands need a valid Dutch passport, either their European health insurance card with the initials NL or proof of insurance valid under the Dutch health insurance system. 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. For international students or work visa employees in Australia, if you get sick or have an accident, you may need to directly fund the total cost of your treatment. The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman says that public hospitalization of an uninsured patient can cost more than $1,500 per day for accommodation alone. In addition, there are medical and drug costs. Belgians need a valid Belgian passport, their Belgian health insurance card and their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with the initials BE to register with Medicare.
You are entitled to the health insurance mentioned above until the expiry date indicated on your visa, your CEV card or your Belgian health insurance card, depending on the previous date. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. (2) Note that the United Kingdom considers « temporary stay » to be a stay of up to six months. New Zealanders travelling to the UK for more than six months will continue to have access to the National Health Service, but will be required to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, please visit the www.gov.uk website. Many Australians covered by Medicare in Australia may not be aware that they are entitled to mutual health care by a family doctor in the UK on the NHS. You have the right to be treated by a doctor as an NHS patient and the cost of the consultation and the medicine prescribed by the doctor is covered by the NHS as if you were a uk resident. The Australian website Medicare now confirms this information on mutual health care very clearly.