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Healthcare System of Australia

Australia has a universal healthcare system that is funded by a combination of government funding and private health insurance.

Medicare

Medicare is a government-funded health insurance scheme that provides basic coverage for all Australians. Medicare covers a wide range of medical expenses, including doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.

Private health insurance

Private health insurance is not compulsory in Australia, but it can provide additional coverage for services that are not covered by Medicare, such as dental care, optical care, and physiotherapy.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are covered by Medicare, but there is a co-payment that patients need to pay. The co-payment is usually $6.80 per prescription, but it can be higher for some drugs.

Public Funding

Medicare is funded through general taxation and is administered by the Australian government. It covers a significant portion of medical costs, including doctor visits, hospital stays, and certain diagnostic tests.

Public and Private Hospitals

Australia has a mix of public and private hospitals. Public hospitals provide care at no cost to patients covered by Medicare, but waiting times can sometimes be longer for non-urgent procedures. Private hospitals offer a higher level of comfort and shorter wait times for elective surgeries for patients with private health insurance

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