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Doctors & Medicine

medicare

Medical & Medicare

Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. Introduced in 1984, its objectives are to make health care affordable for all Australians to give all Australians access to health care services, with priority according to clinical need, and to provide a high quality of care Medicare provides access to free treatment as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital free or subsidised treatment by practitioners such as doctors, including specialists, participating optometrists or dentists (specified services only) Australia's public hospital system is funded jointly by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and is administered by State or Territory health departments. The Health Insurance Commission (HIC) administers the Medicare program which includes enrolments and benefit payments. Contribution to the health care system is made through taxes and the Medicare levy, which is based on taxable income.

Who is eligible for Medicare? People who reside in Australia and hold Australian citizenship have been issued with a permanent visa hold New Zealand citizenship, or have applied for a permanent visa (other requirements apply) The Commonwealth Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with some countries. Under these arrangements, residents of these countries are entitled to restricted access to health cover while visiting Australia.

Migrants: Medicare covers all visits to GP's and public hospital costs for PR visa holders. In addition to Medicare, we recommend that all applicants enrol (within their first 14 days as of arrival to avoid any excess charges) with a private medical insurance company for full medical cover. It is not expensive, and mostly offers 100% cover for any medical claim. TR holders should also do this, it is just slightly more expensive than the rates for PR holders. Medical costs are high in Australia, and the government pays 30% of your insurance premium (PR holders).

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Private Doctors of Australia

Private Doctors of Australia Ltd (PDA) is the only free market medical organisation in Australia. Established in 1968 as the General Practitioners' Society in Australia (GPSA), PDA has been the only medical body to consistently oppose the involvement of government and/or corporate control in the practise of medicine. With increasing specialist membership, the name was changed to PDA in 1985. PDA is not aligned with any political party having supported or opposed initiatives from both sides of Australian politics. Unlike some other medical bodies, PDA receives no support from government or from any political party. PDA was the co-founder of IATROS, the international organisation of private and independent doctors and hosted the first meeting in Sydney, Australia, in 1981. Similar medical organisations have been affiliated with IATROS in Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. http://www.pda.org.au/

Rural Doctors Accosiacion of Australia

http://www.rdaa.com.au/

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is a not-for-profit charitable service providing aeromedical emergency and primary health care services together with communication and education assistance to people who live, work and travel in regional and remote Australia. Highlights The Service depends on funds provided by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and contributions donated by the general public, businesses and the corporate Sector.

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