Healthcare in Sydney

The public healthcare system in Sydney, like the healthcare system in greater Australia, is funded through Medicare, a service available to citizens and permanent visa holders in Australia and New Zealand. This covers or largely subsidises treatment by general practitioners and hospitals.

Temporary residents living in Sydney will not be eligible to utilise Medicare 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. Eligible expats should check carefully what is covered through the Medicare benefits to see if they would benefit from additional private insurance.

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

Balmain Hospital

www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/balmain
Address: 29 Booth Street, Balmain

Macquarie University Hospital

www.muh.org.au
Address: 3 Technology Place, Macquarie University

Mater Hospital

www.mns.org.au
Address: 25 Rocklands Road, North Sydney

Sydney Children's Hospital

www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/hospitals/sch
Address: High Street, Randwick

War Memorial Hospital

www.wmhw.org.au
Address: 125 Birrell Street, Waverley

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