2014-01-25 10:54:26 Source: Chinanews website Alisonedit

China News Service, January 1. According to reports, the Royal Melbourne Hospital recommends that overseas students or overseas tourists should consult with the Patient Liaison Officer about hospital charges and other related matters before going to the hospital for treatment.
  
Recently, a reader with the online name "Uncle Ye Feng" reported: "I went to the Emergency in Royal Melbourne Hopistal that day, and then received a bill after a month. The medical fee (medication fee) was only $148. However, there is another item. It was the Overseas Emergency Department Fee that deducted me $231, which is more expensive than the cost of medicine. I called the staff and couldn't explain what it was. I felt a bit bullied. I was charged more than two hundred dollars for no reason."
  
The reporter checked the relevant information on this matter. According to the information provided by the Royal Melbourne Hospital, all overseas patients will be required to pay the advance payment when they go to the emergency department of the hospital. Overseas patients admitted to the hospital for treatment will also be charged further fees. The Australian healthcare reciprocity agreement only applies to passport holders from a small number of specific countries.
  
According to data from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, when overseas patients are admitted to the hospital for treatment, the hospital will inform the patients of the estimated cost of this treatment service. Subsequently, the hospital will require the patient to pay this fee when admitted for treatment. This cost is only an estimated cost. If the actual treatment does not cost so much money, the hospital will refund the patient. However, if the actual cost of treatment services exceeds the estimated cost, the hospital will require the patient to make up the balance.

It is understood that this plan is applicable to all student visa holders holding overseas student medical insurance (OHSC). Australia’s national health care cannot reimburse the expenses of overseas patients hospitalized and treated in public hospitals.

(China News Service)