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    Default Can you pay for a private room in a public hospital?

    Hey Guys,

    Can you pay for a private room in a public hospital and if so how much extra is it? Specifically Blacktown and Westmead NSW if you have the experience.

    Thanks for your time

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    I ended up being a private patient at the public hospital for the birth of DS at the beginning of the year. We have private health insurance and I just had to pay my excess.

    I had a private room and my ob (from the private hospital) was caring for me.

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    Hi! You can most certainly request a private room, they but a public hospital are unable to guarantee you will get one as they are allocated on a needs basis (especially if there is reason to isolate social considerations).

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    Hi, I'm in VIC and work in the public health system (not in maternity though).
    Where I work single rooms are allocated on a needs basis, ie. patient acuity, social situations, infectious status etc.
    Private patients could always request a single room but didn't receive one just for being a private patient, it would depend on the other factors i mentioned.
    There's definitely no harm in asking though.

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    Not sure about blacktown or westmead but you could at RPA in Sydney so should be possible.

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    Oh and from memory it was about 400/500 per night...

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    I'm in Vic and with 1st pregnancy when in as a private patient in public hospital. What they told me is that everyone starts in a private room for the birth and then if you need to move they would move a public person first. No guarantees you wouldn't be moved. Also more likely to share if you had a c-section as they require more checking on.


 

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