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Comprehensive OSHC

For visa subclass 500.

Cover that meets your student visa health insurance requirements (for all course types), helps towards your hospital and medical needs and provides a range of added value services above Essentials OSHC.

This product is only available through selected universities and schools. Check with your institution to see if you are eligible for this cover.

This is the amount you pay towards your hospital treatment before we pay any benefits. It's paid once per person, per calendar year. It does not apply to children on a family policy.

Hospital cover

Helps towards the accommodation costs and doctors, specialists, surgeons and anaesthetists fees for the hospital services below.

What is a waiting period?

A set period of time you need to wait before you can receive benefits for services or items included in your cover. You can’t receive benefits for any items or services you obtained while you’re serving a waiting period. This means you will have to pay the full cost of the service.

What is a pre-existing condition?

An ailment, illness or condition that, in the opinion of a Medical Practitioner appointed by Medibank, the signs or symptoms existed at any time during the six months before you either took out your new cover, or transferred to a higher level of cover (12 month waiting period applies).

Inclusions Waiting Period

What is a waiting period?

A set period of time you need to wait before you can receive benefits for services or items included in your cover. You can’t receive benefits for any items or services you obtained while you’re serving a waiting period. This means you will have to pay the full cost of the service.

What is a pre-existing condition?

An ailment, illness or condition that, in the opinion of a Medical Practitioner appointed by Medibank, the signs or symptoms existed at any time during the six months before you either took out your new cover, or transferred to a higher level of cover (12 month waiting period applies).

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Services that are Excluced

Please note: Medibank does not pay any benefits towards the cost of cosmetic surgery/procedures e.g. surgery that isn’t clinically necessary and which an MBS item is not billable.

Hospital cover explained

For the services listed as Inclusions in the table above, we pay benefits towards:

Hospital benefits

Members’ Choice hospitals

Medibank has agreements with most private hospitals and day surgeries in Australia. We call this our Members’ Choice network. When you visit a Members’ Choice hospital you will generally get better value for money compared to a non-Members’ Choice private hospital, provided the service is uncluded under our agreement with the hospital and not Excluded under your cover.

To find your nearest Members’ Choice hospital, visit medibank.com.au/memberschoice. Members’ Choice hospitals are subject to change from time to time and are not available in all areas.

Medical benefits

Comprehensive OSHC includes benefits towards medical services provided by a doctor, that are listed in the government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). The MBS is a list of medical services and corresponding fees.

 

For Included services
 
We pay 100% of the MBS fee for: In-hospital medical services provided as part of an Included service (for example, surgeon and anaesthetist fees)
General practitioner (GP) consultations
We pay 85% of the MBS fee for:
Other medical services provided out-of-hospital (for example, specialists, pathology and x-rays), except for Assisted reproductive services.
Allied health services billed with an MBS item number (for example, eye checks and services related to chronic disease and mental health management plans).

You must pay any difference between the benefit we pay and the actual fee charged by the doctor, known as an out-of-pocket expense.


For example:

The MBS fee for item 23 (a GP visit) is $37.60. You visit a doctor that charges $50. You have Medibank OSHC that pays 100% of the MBS fee for GP consultations. This means you would get back $37.60. Your out-of-pocket cost would be $12.40.

Pharmacy (prescription medicine)

Comprehensive OSHC provides benefits towards the cost of eligible prescription medicines. You will be required to pay a contribution towards the cost of each eligible prescription medicine before we pay any benefits.

 

For eligible prescription medicines
Comprehensive OSHC
Member contibution $30
Amount we’ll pay (maximum per item)
100% of the cost
Annual limit - Single membership
$500
Annual limit - Couple/Family membership
$500 per member / $1,000 per membership
  • If the cost of the prescription medicine is higher than the benefit we pay, you must pay the difference.
  • Benefits are payable only for prescription-only medicines prescribed by a doctor (GP or specialist) to treat an illness, injury or condition.
  • We don’t pay benefits towards medicines prescribed for a contraceptive or cosmetic purpose or for prescription medicines that relate to a service that is an Excluded service.

It’s important to note that you may have large out-of-pocket expenses if you need treatment that uses high-cost pharmaceuticals (for example, cancer treatment).

Private psychology

Comprehensive OSHC provides benefits towards psychology services received from recognised providers and billed privately (that is, without an MBS item number).

 

For eligible services Comprehensive OSHC
Amount we’ll pay (maximum per consultation)
$100
Annual limit - Single membership
$200
Annual limit - Couple/Family membership
$400

See 'Medical benefits' above for how we pay towards psychology services billed with an MBS item number (for example, under a mental health management plan).

Further benefits

24/7 Student Health and Support Line

Medibank OSHC members can call 1800 887 283 for:

• Medical assistance from a registered nurse

• Counselling services

• Emergency legal advice

• Travel document assistance

• Health system guide

• Family and friends message service

• Living in Australia support

• Interpreter service.

Repatriation

If you or any person on your membership sustains a substantial life-altering disability or a serious medical condition, as determined by us, and needs to return to their home country, we may arrange and pay the reasonable cost of travel with the appropriate medical supervision (up to $100,000).

In the unfortunate event of death, we’ll pay the reasonable cost for the repatriation of mortal remains of you or anyone else on your membership to their home country (up to $10,000).

The provision of any repatriation benefit is at our discretion, and is payable only once per member per lifetime. Waiting periods and conditions apply, for further information please contact us

Direct Billing network

Direct billing means the doctor will bill Medibank directly for your consultation. Please note, there may be some costs that are not covered by Medibank, which you will have to pay out of your own pocket.

Direct billing centres

If your situation changes

If at any time you gain access to full Medicare entitlements or your visa status changes (e.g. you are granted permanent residency), Comprehensive OSHC may no longer be suitable. In these instances, you should notify us of the change in your circumstances. Medibank can still remain an important part of your private health insurance plans as we offer a large range of other covers.

Supporting documents

 

Need a little extra help?

Find out more about things like waiting periods and pre-existing conditions or check our list of definitions if you don't know the meaning of a word or phrase

~The fee may not include all medical services provided and out-of-pocket expenses may apply such as for x-rays, blood tests and any charges raised by the doctor above the benefit we pay.
^^If you need to be hospitalised for a procedure requiring a surgically implanted prosthesis (for example: a pacemaker or cardiac stent), we’ll pay the minimum benefit for the thousands of items set out in the Australian Government’s Prostheses List.