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Why is couples OSHC so expensive?

OSHCstudents – Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a requirement for most international students. Migration policy states students need an insurance policy for the length of their student visa. Students will need to have their OSHC policy in order to apply for the visa.

Please note this post does not provide advice on which policy you should select. Instead, I hope this will clarify what Australian Immigration’s policy is on OSHC. If you are seeking insurance advice, feel free to contact the relevant insurance providers or insurance professionals or contact immigration.


Why is couples OSHC so expensive?

Generally speaking OSHC costs around $40 per month for individual coverage. So a 24-month policy will cost around $1000.

However, if you are looking at couple’s OSHC, the price more than quadruples to around $250 per month. Moreover, if you ask the different insurance company the reasons for the extra expense, they will each give you a different answer for the additional expense.

Many students ask if it is possible for them to purchase 2 individual policies. Immigration and OSHC providers have a different policy on this:

The Australian Office of Home Affairs (Aus Immigration) policy states: “Please note that evidence of cover for couples or families does not need to be combined and each applicant can take out cover separately. For example, couples can take out cover separately as two single premiums. (PAMS: GenGuide G – Student visa). Out of personal experience, we have had many applications successfully approved with two individual policies.

However, insurance companies’ policy differs: Insurance companies state a couple is not allowed to have two single policies. Instead, the couple must have couple’s insurance. This is the policy of Bupa, Medibank, Allianz Care Australia, NIB and AHM. What’s more, there is no specific reason given for the large increase in price. Each insurance company provides you with a different explanation. To be honest, this writer thinks it is just a cash grab by the insurance companies.

So what should students do? Unfortunately, I can’t answer this. Feel free to speak to the OSHC providers, do your own research with immigration policy or you can chat with family and friends.

However, if you are looking at OSHC, you can check out the prices and purchase insurance here.

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I trust Allianz Care since it is one of the largest insurance companies in Australia, with the medical centres where I only have to pay for what is left from insurance support. (no need to claim later). Besides, those centres are located at the centre of the city, close to schools. Very convenient, right? Credits to Allianz Care for providing reliable medical centres for health check and treatments.

Baek Ah Yeon | University of Queensland

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I’ve been living with homestay family for 2 years. I’m now 19, I can move out but I don’t want to leave my host, who has become my family. It feels like I’ve met my second family. Thanks OSHCstudents for sending me to this homestay!

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I realised how important insurance was when I started living in Australia. There I switched to using Allianz Care instead of the previous service. Allianz Care is extraordinarily good in its consulting service and customer care. I’ve learned a lot about Australian health care, also I was consulted with mental issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am very happy now.

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Thanks to Allianz Care, every time I claimed my medical receipts it processed much more quickly and easily than I expected. I was initially a bit concerned since Allianz Care is more expensive than other insurance companies, but now I can ensure that it is totally worth the money.

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