Australia's national Medicare scheme provides free or subsidised public healthcare and access to medicines for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Expats with permanent resident visas should take advantage of the high standard of universal healthcare in Australia. Those who aren't eligible for Medicare should opt for comprehensive private medical insurance.
Perth has a large number of public and private healthcare facilities. Unless expats have a medical condition that requires specialist treatment, it is generally more convenient to make use of local doctors and medical practitioners.
Hospitals in Perth
Address: 25 Queenslea Drive, Claremont
Glengarry Private Hospital
Address: 53 Arnisdale Road, Duncraig
Royal Perth Hospital
Address: Victoria Square, Perth, Western Australia 6000
South Perth Hospital
Address: 76 South Terrace, South Perth
►For more on the national healthcare system, see Healthcare in Australia
What do expats say about healthcare in Perth?
"Being on a visa, we are forced to have private insurance and have had good experience with the facilities we’ve used. The Murdoch Private hospital emergency unit was particularly good." Mike is a Canadian expat living in Perth. Read about his experiences in his interview with Expat Arrivals.
"Working in healthcare, I am aware that we have a good health system... It’s optional, but it’s good to have Private Health insurance to cover dental (quite expensive), optical, physio and other extras which Medicare does not cover." Portuguese expat Sami shares her experience as a healthcare worker and expat living in Perth.
Are you an expat living in Perth?
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