We also recommend that you purchase appropriate insurance coverage for the duration of your trip. Mutual health agreements do not replace the need for private travel health insurance. Copies of reciprocal health agreements, as established in New Zealand legislation, are linked below: when they receive services as part of the mutual agreement, a person cannot register with a primary health organization (PHO). You should receive the same health grants as a New Zealand citizen who visits a family doctor as a casual patient when the doctor has decided that the condition requires immediate attention. You can register with a family doctor and you must receive an NHI number if they do not have one yet. New Zealand and Australia have a mutual health agreement, which means that New Zealand citizens travelling to Australia are entitled to limited subsidized health services for the necessary medical care during a visit to Australia. The mutual health agreement includes necessary medical treatment. The necessary medical treatment is any illness or injury that occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before returning home. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. New Zealanders living in Australia permanently or in the long term may eventually receive free emergency care and some medical services under a mutual health agreement. The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) is an agreement between different countries. The agreement allows citizens to obtain free or subsidized health care during a visit to a partner nation.
Australia and New Zealand have an RHCA together. The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. Australians can access New Zealand`s public health system in an emergency, but travel insurance is still essential. New Zealand and Australia have a mutual health agreement, which means that Australian travellers have access to New Zealand`s public health services in case of emergency and vice versa. You still have to pay treatment and medication fees (you will be charged the same amount as a New Zealand resident) and it is important to remember that the agreement does not replace travel insurance, which is always a necessity. Don`t forget to take your Medicare card, you need it with your passport to prove your right. Medicare (external link) is the publicly funded health care system in Australia. The CEC is not applicable outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
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.