Ok im posting this on behalf of my friend who is from South Africa and currently 37 weeks pregnant. She was with a private hospital because she doesnt have medicare but has private health which has been covering most of the costs. Now her OB has asked for $5000 up front before delivery which apparently they cant afford. She wants to know what is the cost of now switching to the care of public hospital because her and her partner cant come up the money needed to deliver in the private hospital. Has anyone had any experience with this? I am just asking because she is going out of her mind stressing.