There are currently 1316 hospitals registered throughout Australia, which can make choosing a hospital complicated and overwhelming. There are several different reasons why you might need to visit a hospital, and the type of hospital you should choose will depend on your health needs.

  • Emergencies
    • Often recommended to attend the closest emergency department
    • If you require an ambulance dial Triple Zero (000) and they will take you to the nearest public emergency department
  • Elective surgery
    • You will likely have more time to consider which hospital suits you best depending on your individual needs
  • Seeing a specialist
    • Both public and private hospitals have consulting rooms which doctors work from
    • Some private specialists consult in clinics separate from a hospital
  • Managing a chronic condition
    • Some illnesses have exacerbations that require a stay in hospital

Things to consider:

  • Public hospital vs. Private hospital

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