Medicare is the Australian public health care system for citizens and residents with permanent visa. Immigrants on a temporary visa are not eligible to access Medicare, unless their country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia - which is not the case for Switzerland (as per 1/4/2017). Hence Swiss with a temporary visa are not eligible to access Medicare. Their options are:
There are advantages and disadvantages with either solution so you have to check what suits you and your family best.
Positives about insurance with an Australian provider are:
Be aware that waiting periods apply to your cover, especially for pre-existing conditions and pregnancy/childbirth (see for example BUPA).
Note that when applying for Visas like a subclass 457 visa, you must provide evidence of having arranged an insurance policy that will cover you and your accompanying family members in Australia.
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