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Are you looking for health insurance to apply for a 408 visa so you can stay in Australia for a temporary activity? Many people from around the world are welcomed to Australia every year for special events which are endorsed by the Australian Government. Many such events require a 408 visa to allow the participant to stay in Australia.
If you’re looking for health insurance to apply for a visa, Savvy can help you compare your options. You can consider health policies from a panel of leading insurers to see whether they offer you the health cover you need. You can get the process of securing your health insurance started through Savvy today.
How do I get health insurance to apply for a 408 visa?
Health insurance suitable for a 408 visa application is known as Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC). This form of health insurance satisfies visa condition 8501, which is an Australian Government requirement to hold adequate health insurance whilst visiting Australia, as foreign nationals aren’t covered by the Medicare system. The need to hold adequate health insurance applies to many Australian visa subclasses, not just to 408 visa applications.
You can buy this health insurance through Savvy. All health insurance policies offered by Savvy’s partners are compliant with the 8501 visa condition. We’ll help you get a range of free quotes so you can compare what they offer and make your choice about which is suitable for your specific needs. The process involves:
- Answering a few simple questions about the health insurance you need, such as is the cover just for yourself or for others in your family
- You can request a call-back and a health insurance specialist will contact you and help you with your decision
- If you’re happy with the options available to you, you can go ahead and lock in the cover you need for your 408 visa
What are the inclusion requirements for health insurance for a 408 visa?
These are the Australian Government required criteria for meeting the 8501 health insurance condition which applies to your application for a 408 visa:
Required inclusions for OVHC
- Must offer basic public hospital insurance to cover the costs of treatment in a public hospital for most services
- Must include insurance for emergency ambulance transport to hospital
- Must provide some cover for all pharmaceuticals (medicines) which are usually covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
- Must provide cover for treatments listed under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)
All of the overseas visitors health policies offered through Savvy comply with these conditions, so you won’t have to worry about your health cover not being adequate for visa purposes. However, you should still take time to compare policies, as there can be some exclusions with health cover that could mean you’re out of pocket if you do need certain types of treatment. These may include:
- Cosmetic surgery
- Other surgery not considered medically necessary (like tummy tucks and breast augmentation or reduction for cosmetic reasons)
- Laser eye surgery
- Tattoo removal
- Pregnancy and birth
- Assisted reproductive services (for example, IVF treatment)
- Some alternative health therapies
- Non-PBS medications and pharmaceuticals
How much will it cost to get health insurance for my 408 visa?
The cost of your visitors health insurance will depend on which level of cover you choose to buy. It’s usually offered on a month-to-month basis, so you’ll only have to pay one month in advance to take out a complying policy.
Hospital cover is available in a range of different levels. All of these policies cover you for the costs of most services while you’re admitted to hospital as an inpatient. To comply with regulations, you’ll need to buy a policy that covers the minimum requirements for your visa. However, you may find that a more expensive, higher-tier policy offers a wider range of treatments that are covered, which may better suit your needs.
The same applies to extras cover, which can help you with the cost of fees when you visit a doctor, dentist, physio or chiropractor. Extras cover can provide some money back when you receive treatment in the community, but not when you're admitted to hospital.
More expensive policies will offer more in terms of benefits and will mean you pay less out-of-pocket for each treatment you receive. For example, a cheap policy might give you 50% back on the cost of a visit to the physiotherapist, but a more expensive policy may offer you 85% of that cost.
Types of health insurance
This can help you pay for medical treatment if you need to be admitted to hospital. It can help cover the cost of your admission or accommodation and the fees charged by doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists. It can also cover other costs associated with a stay in a private hospital.
This helps cover the costs of health care treatments outside a hospital setting which aren’t covered by Medicare. This can include major and minor dental treatment, orthodontics, hearing aids, physiotherapy, glasses, contact lenses and podiatry (in most cases with annual limits).
This is a standard health insurance policy designed for a single person, rather than being tailored to cater to the needs of a couple or family. It may include hospital cover plus extras, or either of these types of insurance on their own, depending on what you're after for your health cover.
A family health insurance policy is designed for a family unit including dependent children who may reach up to 31 years of age with some insurers. It offers private health insurance suitable for the whole family and may include shared limits for all members included in your policy.
A health insurance policy aimed at seniors is designed to appeal to people who are in the second half of their life. These are often specific Silver Plus policies that offer the same cover as other health insurance policies, with the exception that pregnancy and childbirth cover may not be included.
Visitors who are in Australia on a temporary basis for travel, work or study may be able to take out Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC). Many visas issued in Australia come with a requirement to take out this type of insurance, which covers visitors who may not be covered by Medicare.
Ambulance cover is generally available either packaged into your private health insurance or on its own as a separate policy or subscription. By having this protection, you could be covered for all eligible ambulance travel in Australia (subject to your insurer's terms and conditions).
The cheapest and most barebones form of private hospital insurance, this can include cover for rehab, in-hospital psychiatric services and palliative care. Having this policy will enable you to avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) and Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.
Bronze hospital cover is a step up from basic insurance, including 18 further clinical categories such as ear, nose and throat, bone, joint and muscle, digestive system, joint reconstructions, gynaecology and chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy for cancer.
Silver hospital cover is the second-most expensive type of policy and offers the second-most clinical categories. On top of what's offered by basic and bronze cover, it also includes heart and vascular system, lung and chest, blood, hearing device implantation and dental surgery.
The highest level of private hospital insurance available in Australia, gold policies can offer cover for pregnancy and birth, weight loss surgery, assisted reproductive services and insulin pumps on top of all the categories provided by silver, bronze and basic hospital insurance.
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