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Fran89 09-21-2013 10:08 AM

acknowledgement letter
 
Hey guys,

just a general information I want to share. The time until you get your acknowledgement letter, if you lodged your Visa at the Brsibane office, that means everyone who lodges the visa in Queensland, Tasmania and Capital territory takes between 5-10 working days.
I called them to know how long it will take to get this letter, because Im high pregnant and had on the weekend some contractions and Im really worried, that I cant apply for medicare, because Im still waiting for this letter :-(

anyway good luck to everybody

Fran89 09-30-2013 07:54 AM

well seems like they need a bit longer for the letter. Lodged my visa at the 13.09.2013 and still have no acknowledgement letter via mail or post.
Good thing is, I could apply for medicare without this letter.

Would like to know how long you guys waited for your letter?

Jam 11-10-2013 11:31 PM

Hi!

How long did it end up taking? Also, if I might ask, how did you access Medicare without the letter?

My fiancee and I just sent in an application for an 820/801 for her (a couple of days ago), she is also pregnant (~7 months) and we're very anxious to get her on Medicare so we can get a public maternity booking.

kttykat 11-11-2013 01:48 AM

I would recommend that you go into medicare anyway and ask. All we had was an email acknowledgement of our 309 (no official letter) they contacted immigration anyway. You should also take in your partner's proof of citizenship like their passport and take in your passport too.

They will issue you a temporary medicare piece of paper on the day you go in and you will get an interim card in the mail a few weeks later.

Kttykat




Jam 11-11-2013 02:02 AM

Thanks, Kittykat, we're still waiting for any sign of acknowledgement since we only mailed the application off two business days ago.
But yes we're prepped to do that immediately. We're moderately concerned about how that will go since she has a student visa atm. We've heard mixed reports about how medicare interpret intermediary statuses.

kttykat 11-11-2013 02:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Jam (Post 237889)
Thanks, Kittykat, we're still waiting for any sign of acknowledgement since we only mailed the application off two business days ago.
But yes we're prepped to do that immediately. We're moderately concerned about how that will go since she has a student visa atm. We've heard mixed reports about how medicare interpret intermediary statuses.

OK, yeah you do have a point there. I don't know how medicare would view being on a student visa (which would be in effect until it ran out and then the bridging visa would start.) Perhaps you should talk to Mark Northam and see what he says.

Kttykat




kttykat 11-11-2013 02:28 AM

BTW, Don't you have to have private health insurance already if you are on a student visa anyway? I really don't know the conditions on student visas....

Kttykat




Jam 11-11-2013 02:30 AM

@Kittykat

Yes, she has OSHC, the problem is not the cover, it's getting a public booking :( - I've posted a question about this in a new thread.

kttykat 11-11-2013 02:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Jam (Post 237961)
@Kittykat

Yes, she has OSHC, the problem is not the cover, it's getting a public booking :( - I've posted a question about this in a new thread.

OK, well I am a little confused then. I am also pregnant (30 weeks) and when I booked at the public hospital, they asked if I wanted to book in as a public or a private patient. Don't you just book in and say that you would be a privately insured patient?

Kttykat




Jam 11-11-2013 02:44 AM

@Kittykat

Technically that is an option, however her OSHC will only cover the cost-equivalent of a public stay. If we make a private booking we have to foot the bill for the difference in the cost, which could run into many thousands of dollars. As a result the hospitals want us to pay that difference upfront (we've been quoted upwards of $12,000). We've recently bought a car, and are about to drop $4,575 on a visa application - we can't afford many thousands more upfront :(

Our GP, who has Obstetrician qualifications and has been looking after our antenatal check ups in lieu of having a hospital based OB, is livid. He says that just two years ago this wouldn't have even been an issue - that we'd have a booking no trouble. After all, we have the mandatory cover; it covers public bookings; therefore we should be able to get a public booking!

Edit: Our GP also said that as a last resort he can get us in as an 'emergency' if this drags out until she goes into labor. Her OSHC covers all emergency treatment, so at the end of the day we will get her into a hospital, but we'd really really like to get her in the normal, calm way and get access to antenatal classes and so on.


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