Healthcare in Sydney

Healthcare in Sydney is of a good standardThe 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

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