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|Gold Coast Hospitals|
| Medical standards in Australia are among the best in the world. Overseas visitors should take care to obtain their own medical travel insurance to ensure that they are covered in an emergency. Several Australian-based travel insurers have special cover for visitors which are generally much less expensive than travel cover sold in other countries.
Visitors from the UK, Italy, Malta, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand are entitled to subsidised medical care under reciprocal national health care agreements.
|Major public hospitals on the Gold Coast|
|Gold Coast Hospital, Southport||Ph:+61 (0)7 5519 8211|
|Robina Hospital, Robina||Ph:+61 (0)7 5668 6000|
|Tweed Heads Hospital, Tweed Heads||Ph:+61 (0)7 5536 1133|
|Major private hospitals on the Gold Coast|
|John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun||Ph:+61 (0)7 5598 9000|
|Pindara Private Hospital, Benowa||Ph:+61 (0)7 5588 9888|
|Allamanda Private Hospital, Southport||Ph:+61 (0)7 5532 6444|
| Please note:
Visitors who require treatment for an existing medical condition should carry a letter from their doctor outlining the condition and relative medication requirements. This is especially important if the medication is uncommon or contains ingredients that may be restricted, such as narcotics. Most medicines are available in Australia but only to those with an official doctor's prescription. Prescription drugs may only be dispensed by a qualified pharmacist.
|The national telephone number for all emergency services in Australia including Ambulance, Police, and Fire Brigade is "000".|
|Queensland Smoking Laws|
Smoking is not permitted in Queensland:
$150 on-the-spot fines apply for breaches.
|Gold Coast Newspapers|
| The Gold Coast has two daily newspapers: the local newspaper, Gold Coast Bulletin, and the Queensland-wide Courier Mail.
Others such as the national The Australian, and popular metropolitan newspapers from New South Wales and Victoria, are generally available at larger news outlets.