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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    Aren't those numbers skewed though? Reasons like elective c/s are more accepted when you're paying are also accounted in the statistics.
    I believe that accounts for a small amount of the difference.This research is pretty interesting: It compares only low risk women.http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/5/e001723.full
    Among low-risk women rates of obstetric intervention were highest in private hospitals and lowest in public hospitals. Low-risk primiparous women giving birth in a private hospital compared to a public hospital had higher rates of induction (31% vs 23%);instrumental birth (29% vs 18%); caesarean section(27% vs 18%), epidural (53% vs 32%) and episiotomy(28% vs 12%) and lower normal vaginal birth rates(44% vs 64%). Low-risk multiparous women had higher rates of instrumental birth (7% vs 3%),caesarean section (27% vs 16%), epidural (35% vs12%) and episiotomy (8% vs 2%) and lower normal vaginal birth rates (66% vs 81%). As interventions were introduced during labour, the rate of interventions in birth increased.Conclusions Low-risk primiparous women giving birth in private hospitals have more chance of a surgical birth than a normal vaginal birth and this phenomenon has increased markedly in the past decade.
    This trend has not changed since 2008.
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    I have full cover with hcf and went private. I had a high risk pregnancy so it cost men about 6k out of pocket on ob/drs bills during the pregnancy and $1100 out of pocket for anethetist ( had to have a c section). The health insurance covered my 6 night stay in a private hospital (which was great care).

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    I went public with my DD and wouldn't have had it any other way it was fantastic apart from sharing a room I was given great care my whole pregnancy

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    Just to add i had my first 2 thru public and my 3rd private.

    The 3 deliveries were all very similar but the aftercare at the private was fantastic compared to the public even though both times at the public i lucked out & got private room.

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    I've had all 4, all c-sections public.
    No complaints at all, both hospitals were amazing, as was the care I was given

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    My first was public, no complaints at all, care was great and there was no push to leave but also not made to stay.

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    I have private insurance for all other matters but after lengthy consideration we decided to go public for birthing.

    Despite wishing I could have an Ob like Nina from Offspring (!) I think midwives are super capable and with a low-risk pregnancy DH and I just couldn't fathom paying the out-of-pocket costs for just a bit of privacy and comfort.

    There will be plenty to spend money on down the track I'm sure!

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    Yep. Unfortunately you will have out of pocket!

    I'm going public and down graded my private health as I couldn't justify the cost any more.

    Fees include -

    Excess when admitted to hospital
    Ob visits (each visit can be approx $100 pending on ob individual fees)
    Ob management fee payable at 20 weeks. Some range from $500 to $3000!!!
    Scans / blood tests
    Any out of pocket at the hospital such as anaesthetic costs etc

    Most people end up spending approx $5K out of pocket on a private birth

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