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Healthcare in Melbourne is governed by the same hybrid public-private sector service provision as in the rest of Australia. The national universal healthcare insurance scheme known as Medicare can be used by permanent visa holders and allows access to public health services. Those with temporary visas aren't eligible for Medicare and we advise that expats in this position invest in comprehensive private health insurance.
Still, even expats who are eligible to take advantage of the public system will find that certain aspects of healthcare aren't covered, with the private system filling in the gaps. These extras can be incredibly expensive without coverage, which is why even permanent residents who are eligible for Medicare may wish to take out additional private health insurance.
Below are some of Melbourne's major hospitals.
Hospitals in Melbourne
Address: 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne
Address: 145 Studley Road, Heidelburg
Address: 109 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Address: 181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Address: 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
►For more details on the Australian health system read Healthcare in Australia
►Kids and Family in Melbourne is essential for expats with little ones
"Melbourne offers incredible healthcare system. The public hospitals are well equipped and very well managed. I believe all public hospitals are equally good but if I have to name a few they might be Royal Alfred Hospital, and Austin Hospital in Melbourne." Find out more about the Australian healthcare system by reading our interview with Indian expat Rajiv.
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Expat Health Insurance
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