Healthcare in Sydney

The public healthcare system in Sydney, like the healthcare system in greater Australia, is funded through Medicare, a free service available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders. This covers or largely subsidises treatment by general practitioners and hospitals. It is advisable to check carefully what is covered through the Medicare benefits in advance.

Temporary residents living in Sydney will not be eligible to utilise Medicare, however, and will have to take out their own private health insurance coverage. In the same vein, even permanent resident expats may prefer to have private health insurance to cover the cost of private medical treatment. Expats should strongly consider pursuing something of the sort, and in many instances the option of transferring health insurance from back home to an Australian iInsurance fund is a possibility.

Pharmacies, known as chemists in Australia, are easy to find in Sydney and can be spotted in all major shopping streets and malls. Many are open until 10pm or even midnight, and there are one or two 24-hour pharmacies.

Recommended hospitals in Sydney


Allowah Presbyterian Children's Hospital

Address: 8 Perry Street, Dundas


Balmain Hospital

Address: 29 Booth Street, Balmain


Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Address: Hospital Road, Concord 


Fairfield Hospital

Address: Corner Polding Street and Prairievale Road


Macquarie University Hospital

Address: 3 Technology Place, Macquarie University


Norwest Private Hospital

Address: 11 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista


Prince of Wales Private Hospital

Address: Barker Street, Randwick


Royal Hospital for Women

Address: Barker Street, Randwick


Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Address: Missenden Road, Camperdown


The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Address: Corner Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead


War Memorial Hospital

Address: 125 Birrell Street, Waverley