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TSS 482 Visa Health Insurance

If you're coming to Australia on a 482 temporary skill shortage (TSS) visa, health insurance is a mandatory requirement for your stay. This ensures you'll be covered for any medical care in Australia. Compare your options from multiple providers below.

Name Product Meets condition 8501 Hospital Cover Dental Pregnancy Cover GP Visits Medical Repatriation Price
Frank Basic Workers Cover
Yes (Reduced benefits)
$10,000
From $64.50 per month
From $64.50 per month.
HCF Basic Working Visa
Yes (Reduced benefits)
$50,000
From $74.50 per month
From $74.50 per month.
Frank Minimum Working Visa Cover
$20,000
From $75 per month
From $75 per month.
Allianz Care Australia Budget Working Cover
$20,000
From $77.25 per month
From $77.25 per month.
Frank Mid Workers Cover
$20,000
From $100 per month
From $100 per month.
HCF Mid Working Visa
Yes (Reduced benefits)
$100,000
From $104 per month
From $104 per month.
Allianz Care Australia Standard Working Cover
$20,000
From $113.85 per month
From $113.85 per month.
Frank Mid Workers Plus Bundle
$20,000
From $125 per month
From $125 per month.
HCF Top Working Visa
Yes (Reduced benefits)
$100,000
From $142.50 per month
From $142.50 per month.
Allianz Care Australia Mid Working Cover
$20,000
From $167 per month
From $167 per month.
HCF Top Plus Working Visa
$110,000
From $296 per month
From $296 per month.
Allianz Care Australia Top Working Cover
$20,000
From $313.75 per month
From $313.75 per month.
nib Budget Visitor Cover
Restricted
From $67.17 per month
From From $67.17 per month per month.
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Pricing is based on a single live in the State of New South Wales on a visa , and is not from a country that Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with and is not eligible for cover under Medicare. Prices are accurate for 2020 but are subject to change.

What is the 482 visa health requirement?

Overseas Visitors Health Cover is a type of health insurance designed for people who come to work in Australia on a temporary basis. Its aim is to ensure you have access to adequate health cover while they are here as you aren't generally eligible for Medicare. You must have started your cover from your first day in Australia.

In order to comply with the TSS 482 visa (previously the 457 visa), OVHC must be at least equivalent to public hospital cover and include cover for theatre, intensive care, labour ward, ward drugs and emergency department costs. It must also cover day surgery accommodation and treatment, some surgically implanted prosthetics, ambulance transport, PBS listed medications and MBS listed medical services.

All the OVHC policies above do that. They'll also send you a certificate to put with your visa application that proves you have health insurance in place.

How to provide evidence of your health insurance arrangements

"If applicants are required to provide evidence of their health insurance arrangements, any the following may be considered acceptable, unless a particular visa subclass instruction requires other specific information:

  • a copy of the insurance policy;
  • a written letter or cover note from an acceptable insurance provider, certifying that the primary visa applicant and any accompanying family members immediately upon visa grant or their arrival in Australia, are, or will be, covered by insurance that is at least as comprehensive as the prescribed adequate level of cover;
  • evidence that the visa applicant has lawfully enrolled with Medicare via Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RCHA);
  • evidence that the primary visa applicant and any accompanying family members immediately upon visa grant or their arrival in Australia, are, or will be, covered by health insurance that is at least as comprehensive as the adequate level of cover required under policy, with the understanding that the applicants will either enrol with Medicare under a RHCA or enrol in a private insurance arrangement after arrival; or
  • for citizens from the Republic of Ireland that may access RCHA, evidence that they hold an Irish passport.

Family members applying separately from the primary visa applicant or visa holder must produce evidence as per above, which clearly indicates that they, as dependant applicants, will be covered upon arrival in Australia by a policy with an adequate level of cover."

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— Kaku Caro is a lawyer in LegalVision’s Corporate Immigration team. He has previous experience in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate and personal immigration. He also has experience advising on visa eligibility and preparing visa applications such as partner visas, employer-sponsored work visas, parent visas, and general skilled migration visas.

How does 482 Visa health insurance work for families and couples?

If other members of your family are coming over on the 482 visa as well, everyone is required to have OVHC. Most insurers offer singles, couples and family policies so that you can all be covered under the same policy.

It's really important that you make sure you get adequate health insurance on this visa, as without it, your visa won't be approved; it's part of the 8501 requirement.

What does 482 health insurance cover?

A basic Overseas Visitor Health Cover policy will pay benefits towards the following:

Hospital
Hospital treatment, accommodation, operating theatre costs and prosthesis fees
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Doctor, surgeon and specialist fees
Ambulance
Emergency ambulance transportation fees
Private contract
Prescriptions and General Practitioner (GP) consultations
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OVHC can also cover out-of-hospital services like dental, physio and chiro if you add extras cover to your policy.

What doesn't OVHC cover?

As with most private health insurance, there are certain service and treatment exclusions that OVHC will not cover, including:

  • Treatment arranged prior to arrival in Australia
  • Treatment covered by compensation schemes
  • Treatment not covered by Medicare

Are there any waiting periods?

Some waiting periods will apply to your OVHC cover. These are periods of time you must serve before benefits will be payable on your policy and they normally include:

  • 2 months. Psychiatric, rehabilitation and palliative care
  • 12 months. Pregnancy-related conditions
  • 12 months. Pre-existing conditions.

A pre-existing condition is any condition that you had symptoms of in the 6 months prior to your arrival in Australia or prior to your visa being granted (whichever occurred later).

Can I get Medicare on a 482 Visa?

Yes, some visitors on a 482 visa from countries which have a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with Australia are exempt from the need for OVHC because they're eligible to receive subsidised health care treatment. This is called Medicare.

Australia has agreements in place with the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy:

RHCA countries that don't require health insurance

If you're visiting from any of these countries on a TSS visa, you should enrol for Medicare when you arrive in Australia.

RHCAs don't cover ambulance transportation, dental care, elective surgery, medical evacuation, private patient treatment in a private or public hospital or any treatment that is not immediately necessary. So even if you're eligible for Medicare, you might be wise to consider taking out OVHC as well.

How to compare OVHC policies

When comparing OVHC policies from various insurance providers, it pays to keep the following in mind:

  • Read the PDS carefully to understand what is and isn't covered and the level of benefits provided.
  • Buy the highest level of cover you can afford to reduce the amount of out-of-pocket expenses you would have to pay for medical treatment (the gap between the treatment fee and what is covered by your insurer).
  • Consider including Extras cover so you have cover for ancillary benefits such as dental, optical, chiropractic and physiotherapy if you need them during your stay in Australia.
  • Make sure the cover being offered is fully compliant with TSS visa requirements.

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