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If an Aussie citizen (male) goes back home with their Thai wife/defacto to have their baby, will everything be covered by Medicare when giving birth at a public hospital? I'm thinking that it may not because it's the woman that is in the hospital and she's not an Aussie citizen even though the baby belongs to the male Aussie citizen. Does anyone know as I can't seem to find anything via Google. What about for other citizens of other Western countries of a male?

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I think she would not be covered. She can give birth in Thailand and you can get the baby Ausytalian citizenship by descent, if that is your concern. 

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While your wife wouldn't be covered, the baby would be, if he or she required any specialist care after the birth.  

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14 hours ago, Salerno said:

Unless she has PR (or applying for PR), which she doesn't from the sound of it, then no.

So as far as a de facto relationship or a wife applies for PR then they can use Medicare to have the baby in a public hospital without any added cost? Is it considered "applied" since the 1st day the application form is lodged?

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12 hours ago, Goinghomesoon said:

While your wife wouldn't be covered, the baby would be, if he or she required any specialist care after the birth.  

Does anyone know roughly the costs to have a birth in a public hospital if not covered?

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On 8/25/2019 at 10:54 PM, DavisH said:

I think she would not be covered. She can give birth in Thailand and you can get the baby Ausytalian citizenship by descent, if that is your concern. 

Correct, did that for my kids way back, they both got Medicare cards when they studied in Australia.

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The OP seems concerned about the cost, and applying for PR is around $8000

plus extra's, so I don't see that as an option.

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What is the wife's visa status.  If you have applied for a prospective spouse visa you might get lucky. But I don't hold out a lot of hope if she is just on a tourist visa.  Might not even be able to travel if she is in the third trimester. 

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18 hours ago, ThaiBunny said:

If she has a medicare card. If not then you are looking at $7000 or $14000 for a Caesarean. ++ for any extras. 

Have the baby in Thailand mate,  they know what they are doing. 

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5 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

What is the wife's visa status.  Ic you have applied for a prospective spouse visa you might get lucky. But I don't hold out a lot of hope if she is just on a tourist visa.  Might not even be able to travel if she is in the third trimester. 

Judging by his previous posts, more than likely be on a tourist visa.

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My brothers defacto wife is in Australia and is having a baby soon, she has applied for Permanent Residence over 20 months ago and so far all x-rays and blood tests etc have been free. 

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