If you need emergency medical care, you will always be looked after if you go to a hospital.

These services are free of charge for eligible people:

  • inpatient and outpatient treatment at public hospitals
  • x-rays and tests done in public hospitals.

In some hospitals you may have to pay for GP-level care if you get it in the emergency department.

Elective health services

Elective health services are treatments that aren’t urgent, which you might have to wait to get.

If you’re eligible, you have the right to be considered for an elective treatment. Medical staff will offer the treatment that is right for you. How long you have to wait is based on a number of factors which health staff will look at.