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    Default Ward vs Birth Centre?

    My mind has gone into overdrive in the last 48 hours.

    If I was to use the public system (no PHI) would the Birth Centre be a similar cost to having a baby in the hospital?
    Or more expensive.

    According to the hospital website, a public birth should have no out of pocket expenses, but depending on the day and time and availability, could cost up to $1500.

    Would the birth centre be similar?

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    They are both bulk billed

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    Awesome, thank you!

    I have PHI anyway, but was curious

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    Default Ward vs Birth Centre?

    If you have hospital cover then they will charge your phi if you are admitted as a private patient and if you have an excess you may have to pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    You don't have PHI or you don't want to use your PHI?
    I have it and will use it, I was just curious.

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    As above^^ about the cost
    Our birth centre is just on the other side of the labour ward

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    I think it's the stay after usually and also if you select private with own doctor. When I had my second I used birth centre had my own middie and water birth then 2 nights stay in private room of public hospital and they charged my phi. The total was about $2000 but I didn't pay a cent as I had no claim and top phi. Otherwise I may have had to pay an excess if you have that.

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    I didn't pay anything for my birth centre birth. It's within the public hospital, just a different section of the floor. DH and I stayed overnight in the labour room (queen sized bed) and then I went home. If complications arose, I would have been transferred down to the normal maternity ward which I believe is single rooms in our public hospital bar one room which is a double.

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    My friend was charged $1200 because she gave birth on a sunday at 11pm... the fees were for calling out the anesthetist etc


 

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