I went private and my only out of pocket for hospital was my excess and the paed visit ($100 OOP).
And that was with me spending 3 nights in a 5* hotel in lieu of the hospital. Loved it and would go back in a flash!!
I should add that I had a vaginal birth with no epidural so that kept costs down.
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I had a planned c-section for medical reasons. OOP hospital costs were approx (after medicare refunds):
- PHI excess $500
- Pead attendance at delivery and subsequent visits in hospital - $300
- Additional OB at delivery - $200
- Anesthetist - $200
- Medication to take home - $40
I'm not sure how I could have avoided these, given that they were all required/compulsory as part of having a c-section. My OB did let me choose the pead (and extra visits from the pead were required due to bub being breech and having hip issues), so perhaps I could have picked someone cheaper? But I didn't get a choice on who was the additional OB or anesthetist.
I also had OOP expenses for blood tests and 2 scans during the pregnancy.
But I had a wonderful OB and a really nice 5 night stay in a great hospital. All my nappies, wipes, maternity pads etc were provided. A personalised pain relief plan was arranged for me. I had access to a lactation consultant and able to use the hospital's lactation clinic if I needed it when I got home. My anesthetist even called me at home a few days before the surgery to prepare for the c-section and recovery.
So basically, for me, the OOP costs were totally worth it!
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23-06-2015 08:55 #17
Personally we could afford it and it was very important for me to have the same provider all along. It was very nice to see a familiar face in the delivery room!
But truly I went private to have 5 days in hospital post birth. I have no family or support her so it was very important to me to have this time.
23-06-2015 08:57 #18
wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
23-06-2015 09:06 #19
Some food for thought 😊
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