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What are reciprocal health care agreements?

Reciprocal health care agreements cover the cost of essential medical treatment for Australians travelling in some countries. Under these agreements, some health services and subsidised medicines are provided to visitors from these countries when they are in Australia.

Australia has reciprocal health care agreements with a number of countries. Reciprocal health care agreements provide health care in some circumstances, but will not cover all health care needs. They do not replace the need for travel insurance. Obtaining appropriate travel insurance before you go overseas will help you and your family avoid a financial burden if things go wrong.

Getting the right travel insurance

For information about choosing an appropriate travel insurance policy, including for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, see our travel insurance information.