My husband and I are currently living overseas and will be for at least the next 12 months. We've just seriously started talking about ttc, and have decided on January 2013 as our starting point. We don't want to be still overseas when bub is due and ideally I would like to be back in Aus come the 6 month mark. Don't really want to travel for 24 hours being heavily pregnant.
We have health insurance here, and it will cover all obstetrician appointments, ultrasounds and everything else that goes with pregnancy and doctors appointments. It will also cover birth but we both really want to have our baby in Australia where our families and hearts are.
My dilemma is that we cannot pay for private health insurance once we get back to Australia because of the waiting periods (some take 12 months, others take 9, I don't know enough about it to know if there is one that doesn't have a waiting period)??? And we don't want to have to start paying for insurance in Aus now, because that's stupid. So our only option is to take advantage of the health insurance here while we have it, come back to Aus eventually and then give birth within the public health system. I'm not overly thrilled about this but really don't have a choice. But then in saying that, I don't really know too much about the public health system in terms of birth and pregnancy. our other option is to wait until we get home in 12 months time before even thinking about ttc... but that isn't really an option.
Any advice lovely bubhub-ers?? info on the public health system? private health insurance without waiting periods?