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    Be wary. We did this with our son. Yes we got the paed surgeon we had been seeing but we didn't get to choose the anaesthetist. This was whoever was rostered on for the theatres that day.

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    Ive been treated in both private and public hospitals. Always happy to go private in public hospital simply so the hospital can get some money from my private health fund.

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    We have had a couple of admissions at the children's hospital and registered as a private patient - was easy, a clerk sorted the paperwork for us and they waived the excess. Same when we went to Tresillian, no excess. I'd always do it this way, I can afford PHI so I'm happy to pay my way (via my insurer) to help the hospital if we need to use a public hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolz83 View Post
    Be wary. We did this with our son. Yes we got the paed surgeon we had been seeing but we didn't get to choose the anaesthetist. This was whoever was rostered on for the theatres that day.
    DS had surgery a few months ago with a private specialist in a private hospital and we didn't get to choose our anaesthetist - in fact I've never chosen one for any of my surgeries, all of which have been private. It's just whoever your surgeon uses isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolz83 View Post
    Be wary. We did this with our son. Yes we got the paed surgeon we had been seeing but we didn't get to choose the anaesthetist. This was whoever was rostered on for the theatres that day.
    Actually you can have a choice depending on the size of the hospital and surgeon you use.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    DS had surgery a few months ago with a private specialist in a private hospital and we didn't get to choose our anaesthetist - in fact I've never chosen one for any of my surgeries, all of which have been private. It's just whoever your surgeon uses isn't it?
    My son had undescended testicles in both sides, first time public as a private patient, got to choose our paed surgeon, not anaesthetist. Second surgery, private hospital, got to choose both our paed surgeon and she had a anaesthetist that specialises in kids, she got to have her as well (by choice).

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post

    Everyone has to fill out a "patient election form" when you're admitted and you tick either public or PHI, (there's other options for DVA, workcover, overseas health insurance etc) and write down your Medicare details and/or PHI details. It's not difficult.
    I hope those forms spell out exactly what the private patients get for their money (stuff all in most cases).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Actually you can have a choice depending on the size of the hospital and surgeon you use.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
    Clearly it's hospital dependent. I went to 2nd largess hospital in Adelaide and had no choice.

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    I suppose thinking about it from that perspective, if they give me a form to fill out and it means the hospital gets more money then sure I'll do it and they can even skip the newspaper and TV. I just think they could be making a lot more money out of this of they handled it differently and it frustrates me. Not only could they charge more for private patients, but a private patient accommodated in a single room is charged to the health insurer at an even higher rate. Some hospitals are capitalising on this but the children's hospital here are not. They are building a new children's hospital - maybe they have considered this and built more private rooms. Maybe they are completely squeezed at the current hospital. I don't know but either way they are doing a great job, I've been nothing but happy with the treatment, so they definitely deserve as much money as they can get.

    My only other thought is I wonder how much PHI are paying out for "private" patients in public hospitals when these patients are basically receiving nothing more than they would otherwise receive using Medicare? At the end of the day, the more they pay out, the more they charge... It's kind of a double edged sword if you think about it.
    Totally agree with you. Except that I will flat out say unless I get *something* additional of value by electing to be a private patient, I wouldn't be using my private health insurance - even if that means the hospital will miss out on additional $$ for whatever worthwhile project they have in mind.

    I pay $340 per month for my phi and $500 excess for each hospital admission (yeah I know in getting ripped - looking into that). Why should I pay for that hospital project while others get a free ride? Especially when I don't even get a private room or newspaper or free TV. It's the Governments job (through taxpayers) to find public hospitals. The burden shouldn't fall on the few that have and use their phi.

    I'm not saying public patients in need (mums that have lost their babies) shouldn't get their own rooms just that if hospitals aren't prepared to budge on borderline cases (c-secs) and give private patients priority .... Or offer private patients some incentive (newspapers, TV, better meals etc) then they should perhaps not give people the chance of going private. Or at least make it crystal clear in the admissions process that the only thing private patients will be getting is their choice of surgeon.. Maybe.

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    Well my DS2 spent last night in hospital due to respiratory distress. He is probably going to be here tonight as well. Private patient, public hospital. We don't get any perks. In fact I had to go to the cafe and buy my breakfast this morning.

    But our pediatrician saw him, rather than a public doctor who we have no affiliation with. This paed was there when he was delivered and saw him frequently for the first 18 months. I am very thankful for this.


 

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