Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.
Health and Medical Information
When traveling or residing abroad, it is not uncommon for U.S. citizens to require medical assistance and treatment in Australian facilities. The Department of State provides general Medical Information for Americans traveling abroad.
Note: The U.S. Government assumes no responsibility for payment of medical expenses for private individuals. Additionally, the U.S. Social Security Medicare Program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside of the United States. To assist U.S. citizens in Australia, the links below provide contact information of Hospitals and Doctors across Australia.
- Ambulance/Police/Fire Emergencies (Australia-wide 24 hours) — Dial 000
- HealthDirect (24hr health advice) — 1800 022 222
- Johns Ambulance, Australia — 131 233
Healthdirect Australia operates the National Health Services Directory [NHSD] to provide information on licensed health professionals across the country. You can also verify any registered doctor’s credentials. Note: unlike in the United States, consultations with specialists are generally only available by referral from a general practitioner.
Plan to Have Insurance
Getting medical/hospital treatment abroad can be very expensive, and un-insured travelers who require medical assistance overseas will face extreme difficulties. Most U.S. medical insurance plans do not include coverage outside of the United States – including U.S. Medicare.
Please check the terms of your health insurance policy, or click to see the Dept. of State’s list of insurance providers.