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Healthcare in Australia


Australia’s public healthcare system, known as medicare, is a relatively stable one, allowing all permanent residents and citizen’s free treatment from their GP’s and covers public hospital treatments also. 

Expats looking to live and work in Australia must go through a process of application in order for them to avail of this cost-free healthcare system and receive their medicare card allowing them the same treatment as Australian citizens. National documents must be shown at registration offices, along with a permanent visa proving their eligible for the card. This process usually takes around a month to complete.

It costs any working resident $55 for a normal doctor’s visit and Medicare gives back $33 of it.

If you are on a pension etc, it is free and bulk billed (doctor charges medicare directly).



Some luxuries of having private healthcare include more pleasant wards, little or no queuing along with theatre costs being covered if necessary. It is highly recommended for anyone living and working in Australia to have some form of private health insurance. Emergency transport and dentistry are also covered under the private policy’s, unlike the medicare scheme.

In Australia, all expats must take out some form of private health insurance, which can be expensive, however there are a few exceptions; The Governments from the following countries have all signed reciprocal healthcare agreements with the Australian government, allowing the citizens of these nations to travel to Australia and make use of the medicare scheme if necessary. 

United Kingdom 
Republic of Ireland 
the Netherlands
New Zealand

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