Healthcare in Australia
In Australia, there is publicly funded health care and privately funded health care.
Medicare is the name of Australia’s publicly funded health care system that provides no out-of-pocket or low-cost health care to Australian residents. Visitors from countries which have Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements with Australia can receive limited Medicare cover but it does not include private patient medical and hospital treatment or elective surgery.
Australia currently has reciprocal health care agreements with New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Malta, Slovenia and Ireland.
For all overseas visitors to Australia, it is in your best interest to take out health cover from a private health fund, such as Australian Unity. This will ensure you can get the best medical treatment if you become sick or have an accident while in Australia.