There may be a number of reasons for this, for example:
- So you can claim the Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance
You are eligible for the Australian Government Rebate if you have a Reciprocal Medicare card and have Extras cover or Reciprocal Health Cover with us.
- To exempt you from the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS)
You are liable for the MLS if you: are from a country that has a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement with Australia, have a Reciprocal Medicare card, and are working in Australia and earning over the MLS threshold amount.