As mentioned in my previous post. One of the things I will miss the most about the UK is the NHS and the fantastic, free service that it provides. Having trawled the internet to figure out what to do when we arrive in Australia, I found it very hard to find answers to key questions such as “Where do I get my insulin?”, “How much will it cost” & “How do I go about applying for a Medicard?”. This blog & post will go some way to helping fellow diabetics that are thinking of making the move down under.
Firstly, before you leave the UK, make sure that you visit your GP and inform him of your plans. Not only will he be able to issue you with a couple of signed letters to ensure that you make it through customs safely, but also, three months diabetic supplies. I also recommend booking a final visit to the chiropidist & to have your yearly HBA1C tests before leaving, this will save money & reassure you that all is ok.
Having emailed the guys at Medicare, I was informed that upon arrival, I will need to book an appointment with a GP who will issue a Medicard within a week. I found this hard to comprehend, especially having been a UK resident for over 26 years, I have low expectations of this kind of thing being sorted out quickly. I have every faith in the Australian system.
Another plus point for diabetes sufferers is the reciprocal healthcare agreement held between our two countries. With a Medicard, patients can receive medical care and supplies at a “reduced rate”. For more information about Medicare, visit their website.
Ok, so I still don’t know exactly how much my prescriptions are going to cost, let alone where I can pick them up. But rest assured, i’ll be keeping you informed throughout the blog, so don’t forget to subscribe to my updates.
I’d love to hear from any fellow diabetics who have traveled Australia. How did you find adapting to the changes in your healthcare regime? Do you know roughly how much supplies will cost per month?
Update: 21/04/2011 – Travelling Australia? Applying For Your Medicare Card Is Easy As 1,2,3