Australia’s health system is one of the best in the world. It provides quality, safe and affordable health care.
Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. It guarantees all Australians (citizens and residents) access to a wide range of health and hospital services and subsides most medical costs for treatments done by healthcare professionals like doctors and specialists. In some instances, Medicare subsidises medicines as well.
Depending on your visa, you may be required to take out private health insurance. Medical costs of visitors to Australia may be covered by travel insurance. People who are not covered by the Medicare scheme can take out voluntary private health insurance.
There are several private health insurance schemes in Australia from a variety of providers. They all feature different coverage options for people who have moved and are looking to live in Australia. Some websites where you can compare different health insurance options and coverages are:
Primary health care is the first point of call for most people for most illnesses. It can be provided in the home or in community-based settings such as general practices centres.
While most Australians will receive primary health care through their General Practitioner (doctor), primary health care providers also include nurses (including general practice nurses, community nurses and nurse practitioners), allied health professionals, midwives, pharmacists and dentists.
Medical specialists work in a specific area of medicine, such as gastroenterology or cardiology. They may work in private practice, and within a private hospital, and/or in the public hospital system. For a specialist visit, you will need a referral from your GP.
Hospital services in Australia are provided by both the public and private sectors.
Medicare provides access to free treatment and accommodation in a public hospital for Australian residents.
On the other hand, private health insurance provides some funding to cover the costs of care in a private and public hospital depending on your coverage.
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