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Old 03-05-2013, 10:51 AM
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Yeah, immigration doesn't really make it clear that you are entitled to apply for medicare, in fact the wording is that you may be eligible, not that you are eligible! When in fact you are.

I am a little paranoid about visiting a doctor until my visa is granted as I don't want them to find anything that might affect my application.

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Yeah, immigration doesn't really make it clear that you are entitled to apply for medicare, in fact the wording is that you may be eligible, not that you are eligible! When in fact you are.

I am a little paranoid about visiting a doctor until my visa is granted as I don't want them to find anything that might affect my application.

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Thanks kttykat and mark I get my temporary Medicare number today .A lady just give me a form to fill up and after I filled up I return the form and she ask only for visa grant letter and passport .I tell her I want to use my husband surname but she said I can only use my single name because that's on my passport/visa grant letter.But after I get my permanent residency I need to go back and that's the time I can use my husband surname


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So, that was easy.

I went into the medicare office yesterday (after first briefly walking into the mediBANK office opposite... ), had the filled out form with me and after maybe a 15 minute wait got called. All the lady wanted to see was my acknowledgement letter and passport, she then looked me up in the system, typed in all the stuff from the form and gave me a little receipt-sized printout which serves as my temporary medicare card.

By the way, is there any way of finding out what medicare pays for? I had a look on their website but all it says is "not paying for SOME treatments, SOME ambulance services" etc. but I'd really like to know before I come back one day with a massive bill?

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I had a similar issue when I went to register for Medicare on my 820 Temporary visa. The woman who was helping me was lovely but a little sceptical (I'd probably be wary as well!) and after calling over her manager and consulting the Immigration website, signed me up.

It's been about two years now and apart from having to change my Medicare card every six months or so (they send you new ones automatically), I've had no issues.


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What evidence do you need that your 309 visa is being processed, would a copy of the email from your CO confirming receipt of the application suffice?


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OK, I went into medicare today and although the woman behind the counter was confused and didn't like the lack of correspondence we had from DIAC ( In the same way as we hadn't) she did issue me with a medicare number. It is possible to be here on an ETA and get medicare as long as you have a valid application for a 309 visa. She had to call the head office for a clarification but they told her she could issue a card in our case. We needed our marriage certificates and passports for both of us.

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hi KK,

my husband and I are in the same situation as you were, where Im in Australia on a ETA with a 309 being processed. We have been to two medicare centres who have both advised us that I am not entitled to medicare. Out of interest which medicare centre did you got to? We are based in Melbourne. many thanks


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Hi Claudia -

This is a tricky issue, as many Medicare personnel apparently aren't aware that a every partner visa application, by law, is an application for a permanent resident visa - in your case, it's a combined application for a 309 (Provisional partner) and 100 (permanent partner) visa. Unless Medicare has now made an exception for partner visa applications, I don't see how they can refuse coverage if they still provide coverage to applicants of permanent residency visas. There is also the "intent to reside" question that is sometimes asked by Medicare - if asked, make sure you answer "Yes" to this.

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Mark - last I heard medicare is NOT available to those on a PMV. Is that right? Just checking.

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HI CG -

Correct - Medicare requires an application having been made for a permanent visa, which the PMV is not.

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