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    I thought you could not have an epidural in a Birth Centre?

    Moot point I guess but the whole thing does not make sense.

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    Yes most hospitals transfer you out of birth suite and into the regular labour ward if you need to have an epi or c-section.

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    Can you post the website of the hospital you're talking about. Maybe they just mean that $1500 is the cost for the hospital (though no charge to you) I'm very confused by all this if no one has elected private patient in public hospital then there is no charges billed to a patient - ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT75 View Post
    She didn't get any private services done.

    *shrug* maybe her medicare was out of date?
    There must be some information missing which explains the reason for the charge. They can't just hit people with out of pocket charges for public services as that would create an inequity that prevents certain people from accessing those services if they couldn't afford it. It's just not how it works.

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    I went public and our hospital had all single rooms. Dh stayed for 3 nights with me after a natural labour

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    What if, hypothetically, you were a public patient in a public hospital going through the midwife clinic. Then right before the birth they discovered you had a complication and you were not happy with the options for OBs that they gave you. You could request a private OB attend the birth at the last minute and you'd be charged for that but still remain a public patient in the public hospital. If you didn't use your insurance at all that would incur a one off fee from the OB.

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    Default Ward vs Birth Centre?

    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Hypothetically if you were in my public hospital you a) wouldn't be given a choice of obstetrician - it would be whichever consultant was on call for that time period and b) would have minimal chance of getting one of local private obstetricians to look after you at such a late stage.

    If you were unhappy with your care and disagreed with the plan from the consultant on call it would be escalated to our director of obstetrics.
    This almost happened with my own birth but as luck would have it the private OB I had arranged to be called in (with the help of the director of obstetrics) was working a shift at the public hospital when I went into labour so I was charged as a public patient in the end. If he wasn't working I would have incurred a one off fee for him to attend my birth. The director of OBs was away at the time otherwise we was coming to deliver my baby himself. I was giving this as an example of a special circumstance that would lead to a public patient being charged.

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    Default Ward vs Birth Centre?

    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    See where I live/work - the private obstetricians work ONLY private obstetrics/gyne and the public obstetricians work only public obstetrics/gynae. They don't work in both settings.

    The only reason you would be at the public hospital with a private obstetrician would be if you were very pre-term and needed the nursery or the odd occasion (maybe 10 a year if that) where people can't afford the private hospital stay.
    Where I had my kids most of the private OBs in the area also work public hospital shifts.

    The hospitals are joined and share some facilities.

    Where I am now there is no private maternity. Private OBs operate out of the public hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Upon a Time View Post
    Where I had my kids most of the private OBs in the area also work public hospital shifts.

    The hospitals are joined and share some facilities.
    We only have 1 hospital so ours do both. It means that public patients will quite often have oop costs during pregnancy for dr visits and scans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolly007 View Post
    how can I check what catchment area I'm in for public maternity hospitals? dr Google seems to have failed me!
    I went onto the hospital I liked website and they had a map of the areas they service


 

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