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    Yes, but hospital fees can be more than people realise. Then there can be a cost for using an OR, for any other staff that attend such as anaesthesiologist, and any tests that are run. Tests alone can be upwards if $1000. On top of that, you have medications, some of which are hugely expensive. We don't get to see the exact breakdown or cost when we go public, but it is a lot. I had to get a cast removed in Canada and it cost
    $1000. Just for that. My heart surgeon told us that the OR fee alone was $10k- I was private but my mum was wondering. I just think it's a really bad idea, especially because we have a great medical system here which should have no impact on the success of the pregnancy.

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    But if she is giving birth in a public hospital (using Medicare) the main cost will be the Ob's delivery fee. You can easily ring them and ask them what that is.

    Of course you would also have to make sure that the Ob was able to deliver at the hospital through the public system.

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    I enjoyed my Private hospital experience, mainly for being able to stay for 4 days post delivery. But in terms of safety of the delivery, I had a relatively normal labour and delivery (vacuum assisted at the end for low heart rate) and I never saw a doctor until 45 mins before bub was born. And as it was Sunday it wasn't my OB, rather one of the partners in her practice. I doubt anything would have been different if I had birthed in a public hospital.

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    Many private Obs do not deliver at public hospitals.

    If your obs delivers at a public hospital, I would probably go with that - pay his fees, but delivering at public means no hospital fees.

    If your Obs doesnt deliver at a public hospital, then I would not consider going private at all. The costs can end up being enormous ...

    Private maternity does not offer any better or worse outcomes that public. The chances of things going wrong are there - and roughly the same - whether you go public or private.

    Private offers you
    - the choice of obs
    - continuity of service with midwife/pregnancy management
    - better room etc when in hospital
    but the essential medical care offered is basically the same.

    Best of luck

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    Public. Twins you've got a higher risk of preterm birth and the babies needing a nursery stay. If you're public it's all under medicare, private you'd pay through the roof (a special care nursery cot is approx $3000/night).

    You'd be classed a high risk pregnancy and would require senior obstetric review at each of your antenatal appointments. This would be either an obstetric specialist that works at the public hospital that would see you (same qualification as the private doctors), or a registrar (specialist in training) that would see you and discuss your pregnancy and progress with a specialist before finishing the appointment.

    All ultrasounds (you'll be having a lot) would also be funded through Medicare if public.

    The Royal Women's in Melbourne is a tertiary hospital. That means they look after all of the high risk women in Melbourne and any women that are too high risk for the regional hospitals to look after. The obstetric doctors, midwives, neonatal doctors and neonatal nurses there would be experts at dealing with high risk pregnancies like yours, as they do it all the time.
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    After the experience I received going public recently there is no way I would go public.
    Originally I was paying to see a private ob but she was rubbish and you see her midwife anyway (not her most of the time) so I changed to an obstetric GP who I saw exclusively-no hospital visits, at his own private clinic.
    I was high risk and there was no issue with him delivering my baby- he does the c section if you need one and he performed a vacuum procedure and then forcep delivered for me. He is on call exactly like an obstetrician but I never had to pay him to be- he was called 4 times during my labour. He also visited me everyday while I was in hospital and discharged us. The care was AMAZING. I am rural though so possibly it's different here.
    I also had a private room- everyone gets one where I live unless its completely full and our husbands can stay as well.
    On another note as my area only has two Private Obstetricians if you saw one of them for anti natal care when you arrive at the hospital you ask which ob is on duty and if its yours you can go public and not need to pay them privately. I have two friends who have done this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAELEEJANE View Post
    After the experience I received going public recently there is no way I would go public.
    So what exactly was wrong with your experience in the public system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    So what exactly was wrong with your experience in the public system?
    I think she must of meant never wants to go private?? It's sounds like her experience was good

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    At the end of the day going public or private, the care towards the pregnancy is just the same. There is nothing more an private ob or a public midwife can do but blood pressure, follow up blood tests, fundal height and bubs position and heartbeat and scan in private ob or a midwife ultrasound on hospital. The only difference is an ob is in attendance at birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazza78 View Post
    I think she must of meant never wants to go private?? It's sounds like her experience was good
    That's I was thinking. Confused


 

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