New Zealand has entered into a mutual health agreement (external link) with the United Kingdom regarding the provision of urgent medical care for emergencies that occur during the United Kingdom. The agreement applies to all persons who normally live and who are national citizens, regardless of nationality, and treatment is granted on the same terms as residents of the United Kingdom. Note: Reciprocal health care agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: agreements have already been reached with a number of Member States and the UK government is seeking further agreements before leaving the EU on 31 October. The government is currently holding technical talks with countries, such as Belgium, which have already passed national legislation that will support mutual health care with the UK after Brexit. The New Zealand Ministry of Health (external link) informs about the reciprocal agreement with the United Kingdom (external link). This agreement is maintained, but New Zealanders who remain in the UK for more than six months on a visa will have to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, see www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration (external link). The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), British citizens living in Ireland will have access to health care in Ireland on the same basis as Irish citizens, meaning they may have to contribute financially. The UK government is in deep discussions with the Irish government to reach an agreement that would allow for the ongoing mutual health agreements. British and Irish citizens living in Ireland will continue to have access to free health care while visiting the UK. This is independent of the circumstances in which the UK leaves the EU. Make sure you have comprehensive health insurance before you travel to Australia.
If you are not covered by the mutual health agreements between Australia and the United Kingdom, the cost of treatment may be high. Our priority is to maintain mutual health care with the Member States (SS) when we leave the EU. That is why the UK Government has consistently proposed to all Member States that existing mutual health schemes (in accordance with Regulation 883) be maintained in a non-agreement scenario until 31 December 2020. These rules guarantee health care for hundreds of thousands of insured people in the UK who live in Europe or who need medical treatment while on holiday in Europe. They also ensure that EU citizens can receive health care in the UK, whether they are on holiday, living and working. This 2018 Alliance document outlines how current mutual agreements work and the impact of a possible no deal or bad deal for both patients and health care providers. The current EU Mutual Health Schemes (Reg (EC) 883/2004) help a large number of British nationals who live, work or visit health care in the EEA or Switzerland. The rules require equal treatment of EU and EFTA citizens for access to health care in other Member States. Any EU citizen (or third-country national with economic employment) residing in the UK and moving to the EEA or Switzerland may have access to state-provided health care by paying the same taxes as nationals of that country or those who are entitled to public health care. If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply. The level of health care in Australia is very good.
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