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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.
Sydney tap water tastes very chlorinated but is perfectly safe to drink.
Before You Go
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.
- 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 www.humanservices.gov.au 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.