Cost of Pharmaceuticals in Australia

Visitors to Australia may be prescribed medicines while in Australia. Medicines you may not need a prescription for in your home country may need to be prescribed by a doctor, or other health professional, in Australia. You may therefore need to cover the costs of a medical appointment to obtain a prescription, as well as the out-of-pocket costs of any medications that you might be prescribed.

Medications in Australia vary in cost and some health insurance policies do not cover the full medication costs, particularly if the medical condition is pre-existing.

Some countries have reciprocal health care agreements with Australia. Depending on the agreement, your medications and doctors costs for obtaining prescriptions may not be covered, or may only be partially covered.

Bringing medicine into Australia

Medicines brought into and taken out of Australia may be subject to controls.
See:
Therapeutic Goods Administration - Information for Travellers entering or leaving Australia
Department of Health and Ageing - General Guidance for Travellers bringing medicines to and from Australia

Countries with reciprocal health care agreements

Please check which medications you are fully or partially covered for under the reciprocal health care agreements your home country has with Australia and any supplementary payments for pharmaceuticals you may need to cover. Under some agreements, pre-existing conditions may not be covered, or may only be partially covered. This may result in out-of-pocket expenses for pharmaceuticals.
See:
Department of Health and Ageing - Overview of the Australian healthcare system

Medicare - Visitors to Australia - United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Malta and Italy
Medicare - Visitors from the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand

Last modified Wednesday 27 August 2014