Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Medical care is great. No evacuation. In fact, while we were there about 8 people from our Embassy had babies in Australia - not one of them went back to the US and all said it was an amazing experience. - Aug 2020

Health care is horrible, good quality doctors but a really bad system of delivery. Hospitals are 3rd world: don't come here with medical problems. - May 2012

Some poinsonous wild life. Health care is great. - May 2011

Medical care is fine, but there is much more BS. - Dec 2010

Good health care, but ambulances are not quick. Also, expect to wait hours and pay a lot of $$ to use an emergency room. Better to use an after-hours clinic if one is sick during the weekend or in the evening if it is not an emergency. - Nov 2010

Allergies. I was never allergic to anything until I got here. Now I test positive for allergies to just about every native plant. There is excellent private medical care, but the hospitals are almost third-world quality. Don't come here with major medical issues! - Apr 2010

None. Quality and facilities are very nice. The only thing is that here you need to go to a GP (general practitioner) before you can go to a specialist. It means that even though you know you need an OB GYN, you still need to pay AUD 70 for a GP to give you a referral to go to the OB. There is always a GP cost involved. - Oct 2009

Great health care. The only thing you have to get used to is waiting for your turn. Unlike care in the U.S. you can wait several weeks and or months to get into speicalist docotors and or testing. Some people end up in Sydney if they need to see a specialist. - Apr 2009

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