I bought private health insurance in the first year I came to Australia. As of now, nearly half of the Australian population has private health insurance of some sort. Similar to many other Australians who have private health insurance, my foremost reason to buy private health insurance was the peace of mind. Unfortunately, it’s a bit superficial when you look more closely. More on that later.
Wait I Heard There Is Something Called Medicare…
Yes, you heard right!
In Australia, there is a fantastic public health care system called Medicare.
If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident living in Australia, you get access to the world-class public hospitals in Australia under Medicare. Medicare covers almost everything including major and minor surgeries, ultrasound, pathology, doctor visits, maternity services and so on. Most of these things are either partially or completely free of charge under Medicare.