Cost and Eligibility

Royal Hobart Hospital

Patients are asked to bring their Medicare card when attending hospital.

Patients may choose to be admitted as a public patient or as a private patient.

Public patients are not charged for medical or hospital services but are treated by a doctor nominated by the hospital. Public patients pay for outpatient pharmaceuticals, phone use and television hire.

Private patients are either insured by a health fund or pay the costs of their hospital treatment. Private patients can choose their own specialist, provided he or she has admitting rights to the RHH and agrees to undertake their care as a private patient.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Motor Accidents Insurance Board or Workers Compensation meet the fees of eligible patients. 

Pharmaceuticals provided at hospital outpatient clinics, or at discharge from hospital, incur a co-payment in accordance with the Tasmanian Government concessions schedule, available at the Tasmanian Government's Discounts and Concessions - Pharmaceuticals website

Interstate Visitors

Interstate visitors can expect the same entitlements and charges as Tasmanians.

Overseas Visitors

Australia has reciprocal health agreements with a small number of countries to provide care for overseas visitors from these countries free of charge. However, where these agreements are not in place, patients will be charged the full cost of their healthcare.