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Old 06-30-2012, 10:08 PM
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anybody let me know will i be immediately eligible for medicare once i get PR card and medicare card and can i use the medicare services as per an australian permanent resident or citizen?

as i heard from some people the medicare eligibility starts after 2 years of residence in australia, is this true, i can't such information on the following medicare link:-


Eligibility for MedicareYour eligibility for Medicare depends on your residency and other factors. People who live in Australia are eligible for Medicare benefits if they:

•are Australian or New Zealand citizens
•are permanent residents
•have applied for permanent residency (excludes an application for a parent visa) and meet certain other criteria
•are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with another country.
Medicare benefitsMedicare helps with some of your health care costs. The benefits you receive from Medicare are based on a schedule of fees set by the Australian Government. Doctors may choose to charge more than the fees in the schedule.

Medicare usually pays:

•the full schedule fee for general practitioner services
•85 per cent of the schedule fee for other out-of-hospital services
•75 per cent of the schedule fee for in-hospital services.

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As soon as you become a PR you are eligible for medicare

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