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i dont really know how much help i will be but...
hannah was born in a public hospital, she had talipes and since i was at the hospital she started having treatment straight away via the public pysio at the hospital.
becuase there were other things that may have been wrong with hannah a pead came to the hospital and checked her the night she was born, he was local so i stuck with him and saw him private.
through her pead we got her orth pead surgen, when we have a check up with him we see him at his private practice and when hannah needs and operation or if he wants her to have new shoes he like to see us as public. so we have him both private and public
the original physio who we met the day after hannah was born is fantastic, she now no longer works for the public hospital and in a private practice and we chose to continue seeing her, so now we see her private.
having been on both sides i really must say it is much of a muchness. for hannahs operations we only ever had to wait 1 month and if she had, had them private we still would have had to wait that amount of time....and they would have been done by the same surgen anyway.
with physio, if you think your DD will need it i would suggest you have a look into the public side of it first only because you have your good and bad in both and if you are lucky like us you will find the perfect one for you and not have to pay money when it first starts, we had hannah in physio 3 times a weeks for the first 3 months so you could imagin how in debt we would have gotten.
also depending on what you think your child had i would righ around, find the best of the best to treat her, get recomendations of people, and i would go with that person, wether he/she be public or private, just go for the best you can find.
so now i have :ecomcity: alot.
i dont know if i was much help, but as you can see we choped and changed through public and private, i belive we got the up most respect and care through both.
good luck with everything:hugs:
I have never had a problem with the Public System in relation to serious conditions. I've found a lot of the professionals that I ended up seeing do both public & private so actually ended up with exactly the same service but free. Even several years down the track if I have an issue I just go to my doctor and she refers me straight across and I'm seeing someone within a month at the most...
Not sure if i've just been lucky or its because my condition is extremely serious, but then again if the problems not bad I dont mind waiting either... but have found even with my kids health probs I've never had to wait very long in the public system.
All the best and hopefully your daughter gets the help she needs promptly. :hugs:
I guess often the main downfall with public is the wait list.
Where I am the public hospy is one of the best in vic- med grads fight to get placement there as they are taught by some of the best in the world.
However the wait list is quite long. Recently when I needed an op, I found out that the medicos often did placements in more regionally based hosp's. So I actually booked into a country hospital for the same procedure and got 12mnths knocked off the wait list. It is apparently something that is quite common.
It is also very common for specialists to practice in both public and private hosp's- so often it comes down to the wait list.
I don't know if that helps at all, but I hold public hosp's in very high regard generally speaking.
my boys have been thru both and ive found both as good as each other.
it depends on the serious ness of the condition as to how quick you get seen and ive waited just as long to see a paed privately as to going public. i good idea is (i dont know the condition) but take your child to hospital wen the problem is occuring than you will see a paed straight away plus have tests arranged. ie my second son has a condition meaning he goes blue. take him in straight away, problem solved (sorta)
i noticed you are in bris. if you are after a ent specialist i can give you an excellent referral to a specialist who will push it thru the system fast for you. we saw him on monday, op was done the same thurs at royal childrens all publically, by the specialist:thumbsup:
Hi, my son got taken to the Childrens Hospital Westmead when he was just 6 weeks of age and I cannot fault our experience with them. Over the past 2.5 years we have seen a number of specialists and clinics and are always having one test done or another. We have never been out of pocket financially, some of the specialists have public and private days in their clinics. Granted we currently have appointments running into August, September, October, but there is no great urgency to them. Whenever he has needed attention we have received it.
Best of luck with it.
Two of my children go to the mater childrens and I have had no problems.
DD#1's condition was very serious (she had a tumor on her taiblone from birth but didnt start growing utnill around 5 weeks of age)
The put her in on the emergency surgery list for the following week and we had the best of surgeons work on her.
With my DS - he was diagnosed a mild kidney condition in utro and was checked after birth but still had problems - so he ended up going to the mater mothers follow up clinic but found he had a few other "non-serious" problems - severe reflux and tortocolis which caused palgiocephaly (flat head) so he was then sent across to the childrens under the general pead clinic.
Both have had really good care I am happy to say.
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