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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 21, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Australia is generally considered to be on par with the United States. Australia has a well-developed public health system, with access to a wide range of medical services and treatments. Emergency services are also highly developed, with ambulance services available in all major cities and towns. To call for an ambulance in Australia, you can dial 000 from any phone.

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How are healthcare services Australia?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Australia, they replied:

"Healthcare services in Australia are provided by both public and private providers. The public healthcare system is funded by the Australian government and is available to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. It provides access to a range of services, including hospital care, primary care, mental health services, and preventive health services. The quality of public healthcare in Australia is generally high, with a focus on providing quality care to all Australians. Foreign residents are also able to access the public healthcare system, although they may be required to pay for some services. Expats in Australia can use the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. They may also be able to access private healthcare services, depending on their visa status," said one expat.

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