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    Paying for an Ob without health insurance can be very expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydensmum View Post
    So can you have a private Ob for prenatal care and then be a public patient for the birth??
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    I don't know of any public hospitals that allow you to use a private ob and access the hospital services as a public patient (ie: free of charge).

    My PHI allows me to be a private patient at a public hospital, not a private hospital. So because I had that PHI I could use a private ob and the services of the public hospital because the PHI picked up the cost of the hospital stay. If I didn't have the PHI and wanted to use my own Ob the hospital would have charged me about $300 per night for the use of their services.

    I would ring the hospital you are considering using and ask them if there is a charge to you if you use a private ob, as opposed to their midwifery service, to give birth in their hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydensmum View Post
    So can you have a private Ob for prenatal care and then be a public patient for the birth??
    sorry I think I misunderstood your question in my last reply. Are you asking if you can use a private ob up until you give birth whereby you will not have your ob for the delivery but use the hospital's midwifery team to deliver? If that's your question, I am not sure. I guess if you fronted up at the hospital in labour they wouldn't turn you away, however they also wouldn't have your history etc on hand.

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    Yes you can, I was going to do that but made it to 36 weeks so was able to go to the private hospital. Just need to check that your ob delivers at the hospital you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    Yes you can, I was going to do that but made it to 36 weeks so was able to go to the private hospital. Just need to check that your ob delivers at the hospital you want.
    It must be different at each hospital then. At our local public hospital you cannot use your own obstetrician and access the services of the hospital free of charge. If you use your own ob they class you as a private patient and you are charged a fee for each night of hospital stay. When I had DD1 it was going to be $300 per night for the hospital stay. Because I had PHI it covered the cost of my hospital stay so I didn't have to pay the hospital fee. If I didn't have PHI I would have had to cover the hospital fee.

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    Yes. The public hospital I work at you can shared care with a private obstetrician (same as doing shared care with a GP) and deliver as a public patient.

    We would do a booking in appt with you, a 36 week appt and request that your OB sends all us all your bloods/scans/appt details etc


 

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