You are required to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before arriving in Australia and for the duration of your course. If you are not covered by OSHC, you could be liable for hundreds of dollars in medical fees in the event of an accident or illness. Student visa holders must purchase an OSHC policy, approved by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.
Information on the OSHC system is available from Medibank. You are required to purchase cover for the full duration of your visa. This removes the risk of a break in cover, attracts a discounted rate and protects against cost increases. Students must register on-line to order their membership card. The Medibank website contains valuable information on OSHC, in multiple languages, including the cost, extent of cover and how to lodge a claim.
Call 1800 Mi Health (1800 644 325) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to a Medibank Nurse.
OSHC is a basic health insurance product designed to be equivalent to Medicare (for Australian citizens). It covers emergency medical conditions, public hospitals and most of the cost of visiting a doctor. Please note that pre-existing illness may not be covered. Additional cover for private hospitals and ancillary services such as dental, optical and physiotherapy is available at additional cost.
If you are currently insured with OSHC Worldcare (Overseas Student Health Cover) and have any questions, please visit their website.
You will find a list of current insurance premiums on Medibank. Medibank will then register your membership.
You must apply online to Medibank to get your membership card as this does not happen automatically.
Remember, to stay in Australia you must stay insured.