+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    468
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    61
    Reviews
    0

    Default Private Patient in Public Hospital Brisbane with Bupa

    Has anyone done this? I had an emergency csection first time round and have decided that I'll go csection again. I love the idea of private hospital but am happy to go without the millions of expensive ob appointments in favor of shared GP/midwife care. Is this an option? My hospital options would be Ipswich or Mater? I've got full cover with BUPA. Love to hear any experiences. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    4,169
    Thanks
    1,265
    Thanked
    2,576
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    You'll only be accepted as a private patient at mater with an obstetrician.

    If you're looking at midwife care you'll have to go public, so look at the midwifery group practice. You get your own midwife (and meet the others in the same group) who looks after you for all your antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. They do home visits for up to 6 weeks after bubs is born.

    Publicly you can also do GP shared care where you see your GP for majority of your pregnancy and just come up to the hospital for a handful of appts. Your postnatal care will be on the public ward and followed up by homecare midwives once your home.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    468
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    61
    Reviews
    0
    Have you done both public and private Meredith? I'm just concerned I'll feel really disappointed in a public hospital after the amazing experience I had privately first time round.
    I just think it's crap that you pay all this money for phi but then end up so out of pocket for the ob visits, that they schedule so frequently then tell you nothing at.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    4,169
    Thanks
    1,265
    Thanked
    2,576
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Just go public.

    Going as a private patient won't guarantee you a private room or any sort of different care.

    Check to see what hospital you're in the catchment for, either hospital is good.
    Mater you will have a private room if you go private. You may have either a private room or shared room (with one other woman) if you go public.

    Ipswich there are no guarantees. Ipswich have a MGP as well so you can still have solely midwifery care.

    ETA: the care at mater will only vary slightly. The turnover is much higher with public patients and can often seem rushed. In saying that, many of the midwives who work on the public ward work on the private wards too. Their knowledge is the same, it's just their time frame is shorter. Publicly you'll be followed up with home visits automatically (if you're within catchment). Privately you can go home early and be followed up with home visits, but only if you go home early.
    Last edited by M'LadyEm; 07-09-2014 at 17:05.

  5. #5
    TheGooch's Avatar
    TheGooch is offline Winner 2014 - Newbie of the Year
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    4,770
    Thanks
    7,983
    Thanked
    4,118
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    I'm going in as a private patient in a public hospital - not the same hospital as you though. I am not guaranteed a private room because my cover is for a shared room in a public hospital - whether or not you get a private room will depend on your cover and the hospital's availability. My hospital said they will try and get private patients a private room but of course - they only can if they have one available!
    I went private because of my risk factors I was going to have to be under an Ob's care anyway. So I have gone private so I can choose my own Ob.
    Next time I would just go public and have shared care midwives and Ob. I'm ok with my Ob but getting any info seems to be like pulling teeth. I have 5 minute appointments that I pay for and I don't know that i'm getting anything different than if I went public. In fact, there's stacks of things I haven't been told about in terms of sleep schools if we need them, breast feeding classes, and so on it goes.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    4,169
    Thanks
    1,265
    Thanked
    2,576
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    If you're under public midwife care you will have either a private room OR a room shared with one other woman. They tend to keep the private rooms for women who have a c/s or who have prem babies in the nursery (although sometimes this doesn't happen).

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    468
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    61
    Reviews
    0
    First time mum that sounds like there's really not much benefit in going private in a public if I still have to pay for an ob? I was hoping to just see my GP then turn up at the hospital on the day for an ob to do the cesarean then relax in a private room 😜
    I'll prob just end up going private again and try and leave it as late as possible to book an ob.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    468
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    61
    Reviews
    0
    If I went public I'd have to to ipswich which is 4 share to a room.

  9. #9
    TheGooch's Avatar
    TheGooch is offline Winner 2014 - Newbie of the Year
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    4,770
    Thanks
    7,983
    Thanked
    4,118
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    @greenfairy you're right about that! no benefit - except choosing my own Ob which i'll be about $1500 out of pocket for after medicare contributes and my private health fund contributes their little bit.
    Be really sure what your health fund covers. Mine only covers limited Obstetrics.
    I'm lucky though if I need a caesar or epidural. My health fund doesn't cover those, but the hospital has those people on staff so only charge the scheduled rate which apparently medicare will cover. I don't really understand it at all!

  10. #10
    TheGooch's Avatar
    TheGooch is offline Winner 2014 - Newbie of the Year
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    4,770
    Thanks
    7,983
    Thanked
    4,118
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    That's true. I was petrified of the Ob I originally saw by going public and was told I couldn't change. That's part of the reason I went private - so I could choose my own.
    As it happened, I found out the Ob I don't like left last week.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Westmead Hospital as a public patient
    By GirlFromSydney in forum Seeking a Maternity Hospital
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 13-08-2014, 19:47
  2. Has anyone birthed as a private patient in public hospital?
    By heartstringz in forum Private Health Insurance Discussion
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 10-04-2014, 17:36
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 14-03-2014, 19:32

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Mother and Baby Shop
Save $$$ during our Christmas Sale Mother and Baby Shop
Great prices on Schoenhut kids pianos, toys, baby clothing as well as big brands like Pigeon, NUK, Cherub Baby and many more. Sale starts on 1 November 2016 and ends on the 27 December 2016. Hurry! Place your order today!
sales & new stuffsee all
The Health Hub
Give a new mum a fitness boost for Christmas & New Year. Studio-based, small group training sessions - cardio, strength, core, Pilates & boxing. Choice of 16 hrs per week, flexible-arrival feature - bubs & kids welcome! Gift vouchers available.
featured supporter
Innovations Sports Physiotherapy
Women’s Health Physios who are able to assess and treat a wide range of Pregnancy and Post Natal Issues. We offer Post Natal Pilates Classes taken by our Physios. These classes help you rebuild strength through your Core and Pelvic Floor.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!