Can you pay for a private room in a public hospital and if so how much extra is it? Specifically Blacktown and Westmead NSW if you have the experience.
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03-04-2012 00:11 #1Junior Member
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Can you pay for a private room in a public hospital?
03-04-2012 01:09 #2
I ended up being a private patient at the public hospital for the birth of DS at the beginning of the year. We have private health insurance and I just had to pay my excess.
I had a private room and my ob (from the private hospital) was caring for me.
03-04-2012 03:25 #3Senior Member
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Hi! You can most certainly request a private room, they but a public hospital are unable to guarantee you will get one as they are allocated on a needs basis (especially if there is reason to isolate social considerations).
03-04-2012 05:06 #4
Hi, I'm in VIC and work in the public health system (not in maternity though).
Where I work single rooms are allocated on a needs basis, ie. patient acuity, social situations, infectious status etc.
Private patients could always request a single room but didn't receive one just for being a private patient, it would depend on the other factors i mentioned.
There's definitely no harm in asking though.
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03-04-2012 06:02 #5
Not sure about blacktown or westmead but you could at RPA in Sydney so should be possible.
03-04-2012 06:03 #6
Oh and from memory it was about 400/500 per night...
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03-04-2012 10:22 #7Member
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I'm in Vic and with 1st pregnancy when in as a private patient in public hospital. What they told me is that everyone starts in a private room for the birth and then if you need to move they would move a public person first. No guarantees you wouldn't be moved. Also more likely to share if you had a c-section as they require more checking on.
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