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What type of hospitals are there in Australia?

OSHCstudents – In Australia, there are two main categories of hospital services that you can access: public and private, with several subsets that sit under each category. Read more to understand your hospital choices.

The governments of each state and territory generally own and manage public hospitals, while private hospitals are mainly owned and managed by private organizations subject to government regulations.

Public Hospitals

Hospital Type What’s the difference?
Public Acute Hospitals They focus on providing care for ‘acute’ health situations, over shorter periods of time, such as in an emergency, or surgery. They may also provide care over a longer term, for example, some types of rehabilitation.
Public Psychiatric Hospitals They focus on caring for people with mental health conditions, sometimes for longer periods.


Private Hospitals

Hospital Type What’s the difference?
Private free-standing ‘day’ facilities They provide treatment that can be undertaken in a single day which will not require an overnight stay.
Other private hospitals These hospitals provide treatment which may include elective surgery, psychiatric and/or rehabilitation treatment. Some private hospitals will have emergency departments.


You are international students or foreigners arrive to Australia, or Australian citizens traveling abroad who are looking for OSHC, OVHC, travel insurance, please contact OSHCstudents Team at email: info@oshcstudents.com and our partners for further information and assistance.

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