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    Default Private vs Public Hospital $$$

    Hey there!

    So I have been doing some thinking about the cost of going to private vs public.

    For my first baby, I went private as a nice "long" postnatal stay in hospital with my DH and continuity of care were both very important.
    I ended up being around $5k OOP all up (includes the PHI upgrade to cover pregnancy, OB fees, Anaesthetist and Paediatrician fees, Scans, etc).

    I was wondering how much it would cost me to get the same experience while going public. Turns out that if I see a private midwife for all my antenatal appointments (she would come to my home), have the baby at RWH and then go for a 4 nights stay at freaking Park Hyatt, with all meals included, + 5 visits of the same midwife in postnatal, it would cost me less than $3k.



    Not sure if that feasible though but it made me wonder why I went private in the first place...

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    Public will cost you nothing or next to nothing. My first 2 were private- 6.5k for the first and 5.5k for the second. The next 2 are public- $500 for the third which included all my scans and shared care between public hospital and my previous OB. Current baby is looking to be $500-600 for similar- private OB care with public hospital delivery. All of mine have been c sections so that amount includes anaesthetists and Paed etc. I figure for the extra 5k difference I can have a great holiday, a cleaner for 12 months or a nanny for a few months

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    If you book early and have a low risk pregnancy you can get into a birth clinic (midwife only care). My understanding is that you should get the same midwife throughout but I can't say for sure. I went public in the normal antenatal clinic and made my appointments on the same day and around the same time so I saw the same middie throughout. I onoy had 3 scans (one at 9 weeks to check all was good because I wss getting pains, 18 week scan abd a follow up because they couldn't see his heart properly) but you can pay to have more scans if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    Hey there!

    So I have been doing some thinking about the cost of going to private vs public.

    For my first baby, I went private as a nice "long" postnatal stay in hospital with my DH and continuity of care were both very important.
    I ended up being around $5k OOP all up (includes the PHI upgrade to cover pregnancy, OB fees, Anaesthetist and Paediatrician fees, Scans, etc).

    I was wondering how much it would cost me to get the same experience while going public. Turns out that if I see a private midwife for all my antenatal appointments (she would come to my home), have the baby at RWH and then go for a 4 nights stay at freaking Park Hyatt, with all meals included, + 5 visits of the same midwife in postnatal, it would cost me less than $3k.



    Not sure if that feasible though but it made me wonder why I went private in the first place...
    You would be surprised at how many families do this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meags82 View Post
    Public will cost you nothing or next to nothing. My first 2 were private- 6.5k for the first and 5.5k for the second. The next 2 are public- $500 for the third which included all my scans and shared care between public hospital and my previous OB. Current baby is looking to be $500-600 for similar- private OB care with public hospital delivery. All of mine have been c sections so that amount includes anaesthetists and Paed etc. I figure for the extra 5k difference I can have a great holiday, a cleaner for 12 months or a nanny for a few months
    This sounds good. I have phi for continuity of care, I want a c section and I'm wondering about private on and public hospital delivery. How do you set this up?

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    It never occurred to me that I could do the 5* hotel stay that my private hospital offers while going public...

    I think I will go shared care with a midwife, give birth at RWH then go straight to Park Hyatt or the like for a family moon
    Just need to check if a private midwife would be ok doing her postnatal visit at an hotel!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    You would be surprised at how many families do this!
    Really? That's good to know!!!
    Have you heard of anyone doing it in Melb by any chance?

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    I just rang my OB and said I no longer had phi where did he deliver publicly- he gave me 2 hospitals to choose from- then I just paid a fee per visit which I got a lot back on Medicare and no management fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    Really? That's good to know!!! <img src="images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg"
    Have you heard of anyone doing it in Melb by any chance?
    I did this, but minus the hotel unfortunately!!

    My midwife would totally have done the postnatal visits at a hotel. I can give you her details if you like. She is also very familiar with RWH as she used to work there.

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    I remember you told me about it Kw. I will def get her details as soon as I'm UTD. Ta!
    For now it is more of a budgeting exercise and whether we should increase our PHI coverage or not.

    Looks like we won't need obstetric coverage!! :-)

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