Australian health system
Australia’s medical infrastructure and healthcare systems are world class. The state-run healthcare scheme – Medicare – is an Australia-wide health insurance scheme, funded through income tax. Healthcare under Medicare is available to all citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Under the Medicare scheme, Australian residents receive:
- free treatment as a public patient in a public hospital;
- free or subsidised treatment by doctors in a general practice; and
- subsidies on some treatments by participating specialists, optometrists and dentists.
Many Australians choose to take out some form of private health insurance. The levels of cover range from ancillary (for example, dental and optical treatment) to full hospital cover. Visitors from other countries that have signed special agreements with Australia can receive free emergency public hospital services. For further information visit the Medicare Australia website.
Queensland Health is responsible for the delivery of all public health services in Brisbane. It is a dynamic organisation committed to providing a range of services aimed at achieving good health and well-being for all Queenslanders. Through a network of 15 health service districts and the Mater Hospitals, Queensland Health delivers a range of integrated services including hospital inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, community and mental health services, aged care services and public health and health promotion programs. For further information visit the Queensland Health website.
Brisbane health services
Brisbane residents have excellent access to healthcare in both public and private sectors, covering hospitals, general practitioners, dentists and other allied healthcare professionals. There are numerous public and private hospitals including the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Mater Hospital network, and the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital – the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere. Urgent and emergency medical care is readily available to everyone.
The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations.