About Ramsay


Ramsay Health Care's remarkable history began in 1964.

We are now one of the largest, most diverse private healthcare companies in the world.

The global Ramsay group of businesses operates hundreds of high-quality healthcare facilities and services across 8 countries. Ramsay is known for its excellent hospitals and clinics, providing a wide range of integrated services and outstanding patient care.

We proudly employ more than 88,000 of the best people in healthcare who expertly look after millions of patients every year.

  1. World class hospital network
  2. Day surgeries
  3. Primary care and specialist centres
  4. Diagnostics and imaging centres
  5. Mental health hospitals and residential settings
  6. Psychology clinics
  7. Rehabilitation services
  8. Community pharmacies
  9. In-home and out-of-hospital services.

Our global reach allows Ramsay to share best practice and innovation, with a long-standing commitment to quality, safety and sustainability.

We are driven by our purpose of 'people caring for people' and we are inspired by our unique culture, which we call The Ramsay Way.

In the beginning...

Paul Ramsay AO (1936-2014) was a leading Australian businessman and philanthropist.

He started Ramsay Health Care when he was 28 years old by converting a guest house in Sydney, Australia into a 16-bed private psychiatric hospital.

In 1978, he expanded into mainstream surgical hospitals. Since then, Ramsay has grown and evolved into one of the largest and most diverse healthcare companies in the world.

On 23 September 1997, Ramsay Health Care Limited successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange [ASX:RHC]. 

Paul Ramsay remained chairman of the company until his death in 2014. He is remembered by friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud but humble Australian.

Paul bequeathed $3 billion to establish the Paul Ramsay Foundation, one of Australia’s largest charitable organisations. The foundation’s grants are funded from the dividends of its Ramsay Health Care shareholding.

Ramsay Health Care Annual Report 2023

“I always said you’ve got to look after the patient and be the best at that and if you look after the patient, then everything else will follow.”

Paul Ramsay AO

Founder and Chairman (1964-2014)
Paul Ramsay converted a
guesthouse in Sydney,
Australia into our first
hospital, a 16-bed
psychiatric facility.
1978 - 2006
Ramsay diversified into medical and surgical facilities and expanded its psychiatric sites. Building and acquiring new sites across the country made Ramsay the largest private hospital operator in Australia. In 1997, Ramsay became a public company on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Ramsay acquired a private hospital business in the UK.
Established the Ramsay Santé joint venture in France.
Established the Ramsay Sime Darby joint venture in Asia.
Ramsay Santé acquired Générale de Santé, putting Ramsay in the top five private hospital operators in the world.
Ramsay Santé acquired the Scandinavian healthcare operator Capio AB.
Ramsay acquired Elysium Healthcare in the UK.
Ramsay Santé acquired GHP Specialty Care in Sweden.
Completed sale of 50:50 joint venture in Asia, Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care.

Paul Ramsay's legacy

Ramsay's history and the strength of our culture are a source of pride and inspiration for our people.
Our long-standing values are underpinned by Paul Ramsay’s enduring belief that ‘if you look after the people, success will follow’.