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    Hi everyoneDoing my wife's duty so that she does not get upset with the answers.She had few miscarriages (from previous marriage) before and now 9 weeks pregnant!We have private health, but got pregnant a bit too quick =) We are 33 yo, so thought it would take us few months. Anyway, delivery is due early July, and our 12 months waiting with health fund is 30 August. Doubt that they will honor it and allow us to go private.Anyway. Since my wife had issues before, we wanted to be looked after by private OB, and when the baby is due, just go public hospital as public patient.Went to see OB for the first time today... And were told that our plan may not work =( The midwife in the OB office that saw us first, said that Public hospital does not allow such arrangements (seeing private OB but delivering in public hospital). This is in Joondalup health campus.Does anyone know for sure if it is possible? I don't even know what we need to do if we go public... Do we just go to GP and say - "we are 9 weeks pregnant. Where do we go now as a public patient?"Thank you all in advance and sorry if I don't know how to explain things - its all over my head at the moment.Serge

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    First of all, congratulations! I would start by calling your health fund and seeing if you can pay extra and get them to waive the waiting period. It's a possibility that they would and the worst thing they can do is say no.

    I'm not sure on your main issue if they would allow that. It might be best to ask the OB/hospital and find out their policy. There are a few options for going public, I don't know them all but I do know that there's shared care between your GP and the hospital midwives. I went private (but ended up at KEMH due to complications in my pregnancy) so I don't know a huge amount about going public.

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    Thank you.
    Will make some calls tomorrow.
    Doubt that the insurance will allow that though - its more out of their pocket.
    Got some info on Joondalup's public antenatal clinic - have to register with them before we are 12 weeks. Need a referral letter from GP. Poor girl, she thought that she shook us off to the private clinic =)

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    Congratulations and best wishes to you, your wife and bubba!

    I have private health that only offers limited cover for obstetrics.

    I saw a private Ob all through pregnancy. It was $78 per visit and I got $30+ back each time from Medicare.

    I then delivered as a private patient in a public hospital. My Ob fee for delivery was $1800. Medicare gave me back $500+ and private health gave me around $200.

    I rang and spoke to the hospital well in advance and found out that if I needed an epidural or Caesar, I wouldn't pay more because all their specialists are on salary. That was good to know.

    My health fund makes me pay a $500 contribution as a private patient in a public hospital but the hospital never charged me for it. Apparently they don't!

    If I had gone public, because of risk factors I would have been under the care of a public Ob. You could perhaps ask the public hospital if you could be with an Ob?

    I would first talk to your health fund and see what they can do. And also if they won't cover you, do you have any cover at all? Like I did - limited cover?

    Also call the public hospital and find out what the costs are if you're a private patient - including if you need a Caesar or epidural.

    Best wishes!


 

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