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Medicare and private healthcare plans in Adelaide and South Australia


Medicare in Australia is similar in principal to the NHS in the UK, providing free or supplemented healthcare. Residents of the UK are covered by Medicare on arrival in Australia thanks to a reciprocal agreement even on a temporary visa. You can see more info on Medicare, what it covers and how it works in the links below.

Medicare is easily obtained by visiting one of the offices listed on the medicare site and completing the form they will provide. You will be given a temporary Medicare card to use until your plastic one arrives in the post. All members of the family are covered under the one number although you can request to have additional cards. A Medicare card can also be used for ID purposes.

Did you know that in South Australia Medicare does not cover an ambulance call out? Get Ambulance Cover to protect your family from high call out bills in an emergency.

There are a number of private health care providers which provide you with enhanced health care including many 'extras' not covered by Medicare such as optical and dental care. We have listed some of the larger providers below along with a comparison site to check costs and inclusions. Check in the small print for inclusions and do not assume they will all include ambulance cover.

 

 
Medicare and Ambulance Cover
   
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Ambulance Cover - info on Ambulance Cover costs and how to get yourself covered
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Medicare - information on acquiring your medicare card
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Medicare - Reciprocal Agreement between UK and Australia if on Temp/Provisional Visa
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Medicare brochure - All about Medicare (download)
   
Private Health plans
   
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AHM
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Australian Unity
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HBF
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Health Partners
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Manchester Unity
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MBF
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Medibank
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Mutual Community
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SGIC
   
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I Select - Private Healthcare comparisons by state
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Private Healthcare Insurance - Comparisons for private health cover
   
   
Hospitals and Doctor/Health Clinic searches
   
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Adelaide Doctors Directory - list of doctors locations in and around Adelaide
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Burnside Memorial Hospital
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Flinders Medical Centre
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Medical Centres in South Australia
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Modbury Hospital
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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Public Hospitals List
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Royal Adelaide Hospital
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Women's and Children's Hospital
   
Private hospitals
   
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Ashford Hospital
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Flinders Private Hospital
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Private Hospitals List
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St Andrews Hospital
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The Memorial
   
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