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    Default Can newborn be public patient if mums private?

    Hi,

    I am living in Brisbane and most likely having my baby at the Mater as a private patient? However, my baby has an exomphalos and will require surgery straight after delivery which may require and extensive stay in the hospital. Does anyone know whether my baby will be able to go into the public system even if I am a private patient.

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    Default Re: Can newborn be public patient if mums private?

    Your baby will automatically be covered by medicare just as all australians are even when we have private health insurance.
    Good luck and wishing your bub a speedy recovery

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    Yes, you can be private and they can be public. My friend recently did this with her twins at Mater. They had to be in SCN for a few weeks and it was all under the public health system. She did it that way to avoid hefty hidden costs not covered by PHI.

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    Hi. I'm not sure about your baby's condition. But I'm about to go down a similar road.
    I'm having my bub at the Mater in the private mothers with my obstetrician. My bub has a serious heart condition which will require immediate medical attention and care.
    We do not have private cover for bub and after much researching and questions it wouldn't matter anyway. Bub gets the same level of care with the same doctors and access to medical intervention.
    The only difference is the paediatrician. If bub goes 'private' there will be a charge for a private paediatrician. We are requesting that our baby goes public (no change of hospital or ward or anything) so therefore the paediatrician that comes will not charge.
    Since our baby will be attended to by cardiac specialists and neonatologist etc its totally unnecessary in my opinion to opt for immediate private cover. We were actually told by the hospital staff that it would make no difference to the surgery or medical care she will need. Later we might change our minds as she gets older.
    I'm not sure that made any sense!!! I've found the whole thing quite confusing. (I'm having bub in a week so I am hoping I've managed to work it out!).
    Good luck. I hope your bub sails through everything.

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    Default Re: Can newborn be public patient if mums private?

    Yes you can, and in this case i think you should.

    Spent from my dome. Excuse autocorrect

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    Default Can newborn be public patient if mums private?

    To add-the hidden costs I'm referring to are usually high cost drugs. The pharmacists have to apply to health funds to have these approved, it's very seldomly rejected but can be in the tens of thousands with some drugs. These are automatically covered in public.

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    Thanks so much for your quick replies.

    Tamtam - our bub too will be seeing neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and I'm sure other specialists. And I must admit I was a little worried about what it would end up costing - esp if we have several months stay in hospital as a worse case scenario. Of course if there was an advantage to going private we would, however, like you we have been told due to critical nature of our bubs condition it really would get the immediate and same level of care whether it was public or private. So public seems like the sensible option. Best of luck to you too. BTW - who is your obs?

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    Default Can newborn be public patient if mums private?

    Hi. Yeah I have been told that even going private we would not get our choice of surgeons etc. so to me it seemed pointless to pay for the same care our daughter will get publicly.
    My ob is dr Bretz at Arrivals. They took me on at 24 weeks when no one really wanted to touch our high risk case. He's been excellent.
    Who are you seeing? When are you due?
    We live on Gold Coast so had to move all our care etc to Brisbane because no hospital on Gold Coast is equipped for it.

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    I am not due until 30th May - this was all just detected at our 12 week scan last week so really still trying to get my head around it all. Especially the fact that we will not be delivering the healthy baby that we all dream of. Unfortunately we still have to rule out that our baby does not have trisomy 18, however, at this stage the signs are pointing to it being an exompholus only with no chromosomal abnormality - even tho they have given us a 1:4 risk of trisomy. I'm really trying to think positive about it all. I'll be seeing Doug Keeping.

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    I had Dr bretz for my twins (didn't make it, they were never really going to), and Dr keeping ended up delivering my son!

    Both rather no nonsense. Bretz was so much softer spoken though.

    Dr keeping got me to have a v birth even though circumstances were pushing towards c section, and he actually told me that they were going to do some work on him before handing him back and talked me through, saying 'mum, we're just doing xyz' etc

    Lovely ob's

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