Special consideration should be given with regard to players who are not residents of Australia and playing for your club. Although they will be eligible for claims under the Non-Medicare Medical Expense section of the FFA National Insurance Programme, they may not be protected (depending on their individual circumstance) under Medicare thus there could be substantial medical expenses uninsured and/or non recoverable. The policy can not cover expenses which would be normally claimable under Medicare if the player was an Australian Resident.
The current FFA Non-Medicare Medical benefit pays up to 85% of medical expenses which are not payable or partly payable by Medicare to a maximum of $2,500 after deduction of $50 excess. In view of this it would be prudent to ensure that separate Medical cover is taken out for overseas players who are not entitled to Medicare as their medical expenses could be significantly higher than the claimable $2,500 per injury with possibly no from Medicare. Consideration should also be given to cover for injuries which may occur outside their duties for your club as well as illness.
Our understanding is that Medicare eligibility is restricted to persons living permanently in Australia who are; Australian citizens; permanent Australian residents; New Zealand residents and citizens of countries with reciprocal health care agreements (currently UK, New Zealand, Malta, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands) – (You should make your own inquiries on this as there may be conditions that apply and Medicare arrangements do and can change from time to time). Overseas players not entitled to Medicare should arrange appropriate travel insurance before travelling to Australia and apply for private health insurance whilst in Australia tailored for non-residents. Some Private Health Funds offer cover for overseas residents, information can be found on their websites.
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Additional information can also be obtained from – www.medicare.gov.au/