Health & Medical
In Australia, we’re looked after by a healthcare system that has two parts: a public system and a private system...
The public system, run by the Australian Government through Medicare, is paid for by our taxes. It assists with covering medical expenses such as:
- Seeing a doctor or specialist.
- Getting medical tests like x-rays or blood tests.
- Buying prescription medicines.
- Being treated in a public hospital.
The private healthcare system is made up of private hospitals, private health insurance companies and other health providers such as Dentists. Private health insurance offers cover for some or all of the costs of other services not covered by Medicare such as:
- Treatment in a private hospital.
- Ambulance trips.
- Treatments such as physiotherapy or acupuncture.
Being a private patient means you have more control in choosing your treating doctor in hospital and in some instances can reduce your waiting time for elective surgery by having treatment in a private hospital.
If you are a recent migrant to Australia with permanent residency or you have applied for permanent residency, you are generally eligible to join Medicare and gain immediate access to health care services. You can also choose to purchase private health insurance.