A decision that’s good for you

Australia’s healthcare system is one of the best in the world, providing safe and affordable healthcare for all citizens and permanent residents through Medicare, Australia's universal healthcare scheme. Medicare covers the cost of public hospital services. It also covers some – or all – of the costs of other health services, including those provided by general practitioners, medical specialists, physiotherapists and community nurses, as well as basic dental care for children.

Once you’ve got your Medicare card, you can also access the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The PBS is the Australian Government program that subsidises the cost of medicines.

Australia has:

  • the latest medical tech and equipment
  • health and medical research that’s among the best in the world
  • purpose-built rehabilitation facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I find medical support for me and my family?

Family doctors (General Practitioners or GPs) are your first contact for medical matters. They provide general medical care and can refer you to a specialist or allied health professional – such as a speech therapist or a dietitian – if needed. 

Medical specialists work in both the public and private health systems. If you receive specialist care in the public system you will be seen as either an outpatient (this means you don’t stay overnight) or you may be admitted as an inpatient. If you need to see an allied health professional you may or may not need a referral, depending on the profession and whether you are going through the public or private health system.

Emergency medical services are mainly provided at emergency departments at public hospitals. Some walk-in medical clinics also provide emergency care. Find out more about Australia’s health system.

Will I need private health insurance?

Many Australians choose to purchase private health insurance. While it’s not compulsory, it does give you access to a range of benefits.