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    Default Benefit of being a private patient in public hospital

    Just wondering if anyone knows/can explain the benefit (if any) of being listed as a private patient in a public hospital? Hubs was recently admitted and we agreed to list as private but we're then told even though we are private we don't get a private room (it's on an as needed basis based on how sick you are). So I'm just curious as to why you would even bother in the future?! Is there any benefit whatsoever to us?

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    My understanding is you should be given a private room if one is available and if surgery is required you have the choice of surgeon rather than who is available or someone in training. There's not much else that is different I don't think.

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    It just means that you can have your own private doctor/specialist etc rather than just getting whoever is on at the time. But usually you would have already been seeing that doctor before being admitted.
    Otherwise, there is no real benefit. It is a common misconception that private patients automatically get private rooms. That depends entirely on the hospital you are at (some have specific rooms set aside for private patients, most don't and therefore it is whoever needs it most).

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    in all honesty... I work in a public hospital..means nothing on daily basis. you
    probably wont have a single room.. thats a need basis decision... you may get to choose your dr... but whent he shyte hits the fan you get whatever dr there is available...surgical pts have a bigger strength I their choice of dr but again if there not on the floor when shyte happens too bad..... in my experience it only means something to the $$$... the public hospital can get money from your private provider when your in a public hospital. thats all.

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    The private patients in our public ward are not automatically given private rooms but they do get a free newspaper everyday. And subsidized TV rental. But so do those who identify as ATSI so really not a whole lot of difference here

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    I've gone private in public hospitals a few times and you aren't guaranteed a private room or the dr of your choice but you do get toiletries, newspapers, free TV rental and meal vouchers for guests.

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    It sucks that they don't give private patients private rooms. What's the point if there's no benefit to the patient? I wouldn't expect a higher level of care or anything but if I'm going to pay PHI and go through the trouble of registering as a private patient, there should actually be some benefit. The hospital gets more money so if they were smart they would make it more enticing. As it is, it's easier to be complacent and just continue under Medicare. I pay enough taxes after all and the care my son is getting at the children's hospital is very good. I would register as a private patient if they would give us a private room for his surgery but as told me they wouldn't do that... Too bad for them.

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    There's a finite number of private rooms, and they get allocated in need, not who can afford to pay. As it should be.

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    if you want to be in a private room... go to a private hospital. yes your paying to be private so don't go to a public hospital.

    private rooms are not for those who can pay for them.

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    Exactly this.


    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    it's a public hospital. There is a limited number of private rooms and they are for the dying, the deteroriating, the infectious or anything else that would be inappropriate for a share room.

    I can't believe how negative you are about it.

    You pay private health for private medical specialists, private hospital stays and dental/optical etc extras - not to take up a single room in a public hospital when you don't need it.


 

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