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Well, now I'm totally confused. The information (below) from another Justanswer/Australian attorney the other day stated that I was entitled to Medicare coverage under that reciprocal agreement with Italy solely upon the presentation of my Italian passport (also,as I stated in my question to you, I have never been to Australia; nor have I ever applied for a visa).
Here is my recent query (in blue) and the other Australian attorney's response:
Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:24 PM EST
I don't know anything about the various classes of visa so can't answer your specific question about the category of visa I'd be pursuing. As I indicated previously, I would simply be arriving as a tourist for six months.
You stated, in your reply to me, "The only people that are eligible to get Medicare benefits are permanent residents of Australia."
Is that truly accurate? I'm questioning whether it is, given the following related information from an Australian-government website:
"Citizens of the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Republic of Ireland* and NZ* are covered for the duration of your approved time in Australia.
Citizens of Malta and Italy are covered by Medicare for a period of 6 months from the date of arrival in Australia."
So, without commenting on another lawyer's prior comments, would you please simply tell me if, as an Italian citizen/resident, I am entitled to access the Australian Medicare system during my six-month visit as a tourist. Thank you very much.
Ah, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX clearer. Just so I have an accurate understanding based on your last reply--am I correct that it's not quite accurate that only permanent Australian residents are entitled to Medicare coverage and that, in fact, ANY Italian citizen/resident (with no criminal record, etc.) may, with an Australian tourist visa--and regardless of whether the visa application is made after 1998--have Medicare coverage as described/specified in the actual, formal reciprocal health care agreement. Is that fair to say?
Thanks for that clarification, by the way.
Thank you; I have it now.
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