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Australia has a mutual health agreement with the UK, which means that UK residents are able to get some health services free of charge while visiting Australia. The CEC is not applicable outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Be sure to mention the mutual health agreement with the UK and have all the necessary evidence documents when you have access to health care. If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply. Many hospitals in Montenegro do not accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to prove that you are entitled to free emergency care. The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. You are treated as if you were in the country in question. In general, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a British national, you can still be insured for an inexpensive or free treatment if you normally live in the UK.

You must ensure that you have adequate travel and health insurance to cover your stay in these places. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. When a person receives services as part of the mutual agreement, they cannot register with a primary health organization (PHA). You should receive the same health grants as a New Zealand citizen who visits a family doctor as a casual patient when the doctor has decided that the condition requires immediate attention. You can register with a family doctor and you must receive an NHI number if they do not have one yet. Ask the hospital or doctor if a refund is possible. If not, ask the local public health. New Zealand has mutual health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom (United Kingdom). At any time, some services may be funded by public funds for those covered by the agreements. These services can be funded to the same extent as for a national of the country they are visiting or staying temporarily. Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: copies of reciprocal health agreements adopted in New Zealand legislation are linked below: In other words, the provinces do not have individual agreements with countries, but must be cared for at home and may not cover everything.

(2) Note that the United Kingdom considers “temporary stay” to be a stay of up to six months. New Zealanders travelling to the UK for more than six months will continue to have access to the National Health Service, but will be required to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, please visit the www.gov.uk website. An Australian citizen or permanent resident who has been in New Zealand for two years or more or who can prove that he or she intends to stay in New Zealand for two years or more is entitled to all publicly funded services and may register with a PHO and receive the same health grants as a full person.