New South Wales Heath Minister Brad Hazzard has suggested health insurance to be made mandatory for all visitors on temporary basis to see taxpayer’s funds are not used for providing health care to visitors.
The visitors planning to migrate to Australia on short duration will be required to have health insurance under a proposal suggested by NSW Health Minsiter, Bradd Hazzard. The Daily Telegraph Reports NSW taxpayers paid around $30 Million a year on medical bills for tourists and visitors who are ineligible for Medicare.
“Every time an uninsured visitor does not pay for their treatment in one of our public hospitals, taxpayers foot the bill,” Mr Hazzard is quoted as saying. Right now, Health Insurance is only mandatory for some visas like student and few temporary work visas.
Overseas visitors coming to Australia on temporary basis are not eligible for Medicare benefits unless and until they are from Country with which Australia has a ‘Reciprocal Health Care Agreement’. Currently, this agreement is with the United Kingdom, Malta, Finland, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Norway and Slovenia. So, if you are from one of the above mentioned countries, you are generally covered to take treatment in the public hospitals of Australia. However, if you are not from these countries then it is essential to have medical insurance with you when travelling Australia.