The Australian health system is known for affordability and accessibility. There is both the option of public and private healthcare.

  • Those eligible for permanent residency can sign up to the public health care system Medicare which offers a wide variety of free medical treatments.
  • Even without Medicare, you will be entitle to receive immediate treatment in the public health system for any urgent health issue as Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal agreement in this area.
  • In regards to private health care, the Australian government provides a subsidiary (approximately 30%) to those who choose to purchase private health insurance.
  • As in Ireland, waiting periods apply for cover for pre-existing conditions and not all policies cover the full cost of all treatments, so read the fine print carefully.

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