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

www.allowah.org.au

Address: 8 Perry Street, Dundas

 

Balmain Hospital

www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/balmain

Address: 29 Booth Street, Balmain

 

Concord Repatriation General Hospital

www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/concord

Address: Hospital Road, Concord 

 

Fairfield Hospital

www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/fairfield

Address: Corner Polding Street and Prairievale Road

 

Macquarie University Hospital

www.muh.org.au

Address: 3 Technology Place, Macquarie University

 

Norwest Private Hospital

www.norwestprivatehospital.com.au

Address: 11 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista

 

Prince of Wales Private Hospital

www.princeofwalesprivatehospital.com.au

Address: Barker Street, Randwick

 

Royal Hospital for Women

www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/rhw

Address: Barker Street, Randwick

 

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa

Address: Missenden Road, Camperdown

 

The Children's Hospital at Westmead

www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au

Address: Corner Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead

 

War Memorial Hospital

www.wmhw.org.au

Address: 125 Birrell Street, Waverley

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