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    Default Private or public?

    Sorry wrong thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlmcnally87 View Post
    Hi!! I think it is definitely a personal preference. When I was pregnant with my first I started seeing a private OBGYN and then found out his management fees were $4000, plus then each visit $100 - I didn't mind each visit as I got back roughly $70, however the management fee I was going to get back about $200 🙄

    I found another OBGYN who's fees were a lot better, and I was full steam ahead to stay with her UNTIL I was accepted into Mater Public Hospital (Brisbane), basically you are on a waiting list for public cause free so super popular. I was in a midwife care group, which was fine, I saw the midwife every 4 weeks (closer once bigger etc) and they check heart beat and measured my belly, but no scans or anything exciting. I was fine with all this (as I didn't really know anything different.)

    When I came to the labour, my waters broke on the Thursday night and I went into the hospital on Friday morning - the midwife on sent me home, I came back sat morning and was sent home again (I believe because my assigned midwife was on her days off and the others wanted to wait for her, however this is not the process they are meant to follow)
    Finally I was induced on the Sunday morning, and had our son Sunday afternoon. As I had an epidural I had to stay in the hospital for 3days and I have to share a room, with a very noisy couple, the husband stayed here all night long (I don't know how as was out of visiting hours) and was horrible.

    I have private health cover so have vowed I will never go public again. I am currently pregnant with my second and have found an amazing private OBGYN, and he has assure me that nothing like he above will happen again - the problem was with my waters broken for so long the baby was sitting my my cervix with no fluid around him, and this can cause infection or worse, still birth!! So we were very lucky.
    And when i have had the baby I will be in a private room, our PH covers anything over $500 for hospital stay so if I'm in the 3 days or 3 weeks I will only pay $500.

    I figured if we've got the cover then I'm using, I don't pay thousands a year not to use it. And to be honest after my first experience I just don't want to use public.

    Not everywhere is like this though, public and private systems are different state to state, so keep doing your research and you head will tell you what the right decision is for you :-)
    Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear you went through a bit of a drama. Very glad to hear you and bub were okay at the end. I've made up my mind, going private too all the best

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    I went private with my first. Main reason was because I didn't like the public hospital I would have had to go to.

    I picked an ob at the hospital that I wanted to go to. She was fantastic. I liked the fact appointments started early in pregnancy and were regular. And she did regular scans to make sure everything looked fine.

    With my recent pregnancy (which ended in MC), after abnormal blood results and spotting, she organised the ultrasound, for me in for an appointment, and organised my D&C relatively quickly. I would have hated to have to go to A&E to deal with that, it was traumatic enough as it was

    I have no issue spending the money, because I know I'm getting good care.

    My SIL went public when she was pregnant with twins (after 4 caesareans). She was diagnosed with cholestasis, was told if her levels got too high, then she was at risk of stillbirth, then as her levels continued to rise, they did nothing about it. Thankfully they did end up delivering them early for other reasons and they were fine

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    Private for me and was great both times. I think you have to weigh up your individual situation. For us, the additional cost really didn't impact our lives but had it been a big financial burden I would have absolutely gone public. The care and attention from my obstetrician and his personal team of midwives was incredible. Honestly I would have paid his management fee x5. Private hospital was great and hotel option for second was really nice. I think you can have a great experience both going public and private and you really need to weigh up your individual circumstances.

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    Default Private or public?

    I've been private twice now and won't be doing it again . I've had really positive experiences both times but my pregnancies and births have been very uncomplicated and I just can't justify spending close to 10k on it.
    I was surprised it was that much but the costs add up :
    Cost to add pregnancy cover to PHI - $1500 x 2 years
    Excess for PHI - $500
    Ob management fee- $3750
    Appointment with ob - $100 x approximately 10 appointments
    Paediatrician in hospital - $500
    Epidural if you have one - $1500
    Scans - $400 x 2

    You get some money back from Medicare on some of these items but it's really not much

    And both times I didn't even end up having my obstetrician at my birth. The first time he was on holidays and second time it was do quick that he didn't make it there in time and the midwives delivered baby
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    I've been public twice and had good experiences. Very fast, low maintenance births but the care during my pregnancy was good too . If I was older/had a high risk pregnancy it might be different though.

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    I've had a lot of friends go public and had good experiences. I think it's definitely personal preference though

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    I've always gone public and had great experiences

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    I've just been tossing up the same idea myself. Have decided to go private as i've been paying private health for years and am going to use it. I like the idea of my own room as its our 1st pregnancy and wa have found out we are having twins! Think am going to meed that private room lol.

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    Might depend on your pregnancy?

    I went private first time and very glad i did. I had early onset high blood pressure which was difficult to manage, bed rest and lots of drugs from 17 weeks and an early c section. I was really happy with my Ob and also the hospital. My baby was very tired and couldn't feed and the midwives in the hospital were great at helping me breastfeed. I stayed 6 nights instead of the standard 4 and i know in public it's very likely I would have been separated from my baby and pumping every 3 hours to feed him would have been difficult.

    Downside is, it costs. Our first pregnancy was about 10koop (I was high risk though and under the care of two specialists).

    Im going private again and I couldn't be happier with my ob. Im high risk again and it's likely to cost a lot again but the consistent care has been great.

    If you are low risk though, then public is Prob def worth a look, depending on your hospital of choice. Mine had you out a max of 24 hours after delivery which for me, just wasn't going to work.

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