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Medical Services

Anybody can access the health system in Sydney, but unless you have insurance or reciprocal cover, you'll have to pay. Look for doctors that 'bulk bill'; these are the cheapest as they charge only as much as the national health insurance scheme, Medicare, reimburses.


If you need a dentist pronto, visit

Kings Cross Clinic General and travel-related medical services.

Travellers Medical Vaccination Centre Travel-related shots and medical advice.

Emergency Rooms

Hospitals with 24-hour accident and emergency departments include the following:

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

St Vincent's Hospital

Sydney Children’s Hospital

Sydney Hospital


Every shopping strip and mall has a pharmacy. Blakes Pharmacy and Priceline Pharmacy have conveniently long hours.

In Sydney

Tap Water

Sydney tap water tastes very chlorinated but is perfectly safe to drink.

Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations specifically recommended for Sydney. If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is a problem, you may be required to prove that you have been vaccinated.

Health Insurance

  • Visitors from Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK have reciprocal health rights, entitling them to ‘limited subsidised health services for medically necessary treatment’, including free public-hospital access and subsidised medicines.
  • In some cases you’ll need to pay upfront, then be reimbursed once you’ve registered with Medicare.
  • Some of these nationalities will require an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to access services. See for more details.
  • Travel insurance is advisable to cover other expenses (such as ambulance and repatriation).
  • Nationalities without reciprocal health rights must pay for health care. This can be very expensive in Sydney, so travel health insurance is recommended.