Medicare and Private Health Insurance
In Australia, the public health system, Medicare, covers most Australian residents for health care. However, Medicare does not cover everything, and private health insurance may be able to provide a wider range of health care options and more comprehensive cover.
For example, Medicare does not cover the cost of emergency transport or other ambulance services. You may wish to investigate the options available in your state or territory for covering you for these types of services. Some governments cover these costs for some or all of their residents, but others do not.
If you already have private health insurance, you may wish to review your policy to understand what you might be covered for. Remember that there are often clauses relating to pre-existing conditions, and that waiting periods may apply when first signing up or when increasing your level of cover.