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    I completely understand that it's a public hospital. Unfortunately there is no choice of going to a private hospital instead. The children's hospital is the only place for this procedure and I'm not negative about it at all. They are very good. I'm simply pointing out that I fail to understand why they don't incentivise people to use their PHI by offering private rooms - not instead of the dying and infectious - but as well as. The OP pointed this out and I'm saying this has been my experience as well and I don't really understand it. All I'm saying is since I have to go to a public hospital and there is zero incentive for me to register as a private patient then I simply won't. If the hospital wants people to register as private patients they should consider providing some actual benefit. Otherwise I'm happy just to use Medicare. Since it's a public hospital as everyone has pointed out, there shouldn't be a problem with that.
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    I'm a nurse and have worked in 3 public hospitals including a cancer hospital and a children's hospital. There is no such thing as private rooms for private patients. People ask all the time, Like someone mentioned earlier they go to those who NEED them. But do you want to know where your money goes if you elect to go private? It goes straight to the hospital and is used for cancer research, children's medical equiptment, it goes to upgrading ****ty old machines that are constantly failing. In my opinion that's a pretty great incentive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy and Stacey View Post
    But do you want to know where your money goes if you elect to go private? It goes straight to the hospital and is used for cancer research, children's medical equiptment, it goes to upgrading ****ty old machines that are constantly failing. In my opinion that's a pretty great incentive.
    I didn't want to sound like some kind of goody two shoes but this is exactly why I elect to go private in public hospitals.
    As someone with kidney failure I'm in public hospitals a lot and they are always in desperate need of $$ and so I elect to use my PHI - I've already paid for it and deciding to use just means filling out a form which isn't really difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy and Stacey View Post
    I'm a nurse and have worked in 3 public hospitals including a cancer hospital and a children's hospital. There is no such thing as private rooms for private patients. People ask all the time, Like someone mentioned earlier they go to those who NEED them. But do you want to know where your money goes if you elect to go private? It goes straight to the hospital and is used for cancer research, children's medical equiptment, it goes to upgrading ****ty old machines that are constantly failing. In my opinion that's a pretty great incentive.
    So for the sake of setting up a few more private rooms that wouldn't even need to be guaranteed to private patients, they are foregoing a lot of extra money? Perhaps if they reconsidered their policy and even just said that, except where a private room is medically necessary, priority will be given to private patients, then more people would register as private patients. The hospital makes more money and that's good for everybody. Nobody is promised a private room, so if the hospital can't accommodate a private patient because the private rooms are full, then tough luck. But at least it's some motivation to register as a private patient. Why wouldn't the hospital do that if it means more money? It just makes no sense.

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    So is filling out a form is all that it takes to register as a private patient in a public hospital? You don't have to pay an excess like you do in a private hospital?

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    Default Private patient in public hospital

    Thanks everyone just as I thought no benefit so well just stay as public patients in the future - don't need the hassle of filling out health insurance info etc for a free newspaper! LOL the private room thing doesn't bother me as I do understand the principal of it being given to those who are quite ill. Just wondering out loud what the benefit was. Thanks for answering

    ETA Oh hang on @Amy and Stacey I somehow missed your comment - is it guaranteed/policy that money recovered from PHI goes toward new machines and research etc?! If so it would definitely still be worth doing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fina14 View Post
    So is filling out a form is all that it takes to register as a private patient in a public hospital? You don't have to pay an excess like you do in a private hospital?
    I'm in WA and it's just a little form and that's it.

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    I've been both private and public, I got a private room when I was private, but no fancy things like newspapers or toiletries or even subsidised tv.

    When I was public I was treated by the head of the department, so I too don't really understand the point.

    It is nice that the money goes directly to the hospital, but some people really can't afford PHI premiums - including us at the present time.

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    On the one hand, it's good that if you elect to go private at a public hospital, the money helps pay for additional equipment and procedures. But on the other hand, it also drives up PHI premiums!

    I wouldn't bother going private at a public hospital again in future. A free newspaper doesn't cut it, when I'm ultimately going to get hit in the hip pocket when PHI premiums rise.

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    I was pointing out that while I think it is a nice thing that the money goes back into the hospital, it isn't always possible for people to have it. I realise we are talking about public hospitals, but I was saying it was *nice* that people choose to use their private insurance in a public hospital so that the hospital gets the funds. Not sure why you take issue with that to be honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    So then don't have PHI? Like I said earlier, you have PHI to see private medical specialists (and potentially avoid waiting time), to be admitted to a private hospital and for rebates on extras like dental, optical, physio etc.

    As we've establish you get treated exactly the same in a public hospital regardless of whether or not you're using PHI - so I'm not sure where affordability comes into it...... You don't need it for a public hospital. There are minimal if any benefits none of which is related to your actual medical care.
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