Better Health Channel
  • The healthcare system in Victoria provides high-quality health prevention, treatment and care to all Victorians.
  • Treatment in public hospitals is free while care in private hospitals has to be paid for by the person receiving the care or by their private health insurance.
  • It is up to you whether you are treated in the private or public part of the Victorian health system.
  • Although ambulance services are managed by the Victorian Government, there is a cost for calling an ambulance that has to be paid for by the patient, by their ambulance subscription or private health insurance.
  • Your GP is the best place to start if you need to see a doctor about your health.
  • Go to the emergency department if you require urgent medical treatment.

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Reviewed on: 19-10-2015