You aren’t entitled to Medicare benefits if you are from a country without reciprocal health agreements. You must instead make a full payment before you leave hospital unless other arrangements have been made with Patient Accounts.
The Australian Government currently has reciprocal health agreements with New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Malta, Italy and the Kingdom of Norway.
You are entitled to free treatment for immediate necessary treatment as a resident of these countries.
Residents from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands are covered for treatment for the duration of an approved visit to Australia. Residents from Malta or Italy are covered for a 6-month period from the arrival date in Australia.