Would have been private. Public is free (all costs go straight through Medicare).
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28-06-2015 11:27 #11
28-06-2015 11:30 #12
If you are hoping to use birth suite - it makes more sense to do so as a public patient, as if you go private you will get hit with out of pocket and gap expenses for exactly the same services.
28-06-2015 11:56 #13
Most doctors work both privately and publicly - unless they work exclusively for a private hospital. The difference is that if you are a private patient, the hospital bills your phi company - however there is usually a gap in what your PHI will cover $$ wise and what the hospital charge - so you get a bill from your PHI company. It's got nothing to do with the type of doctor (the only difference between a private and public doctor is who is paying). If you go public, the cost is paid fully by Medicare so you won't ever get a bill for any public service no matter what time of day.
28-06-2015 12:06 #14
Sorry - I thought you were asking in general. It doesn't really matter though as the hospital cannot charge a public patient, so either the OP read it wrong or they are talking about a situation where a public patient utilises a private service within their hospital (such as a private room etc).
28-06-2015 12:19 #15
Ok - didn't mean to make you snarkey
28-06-2015 12:38 #16
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28-06-2015 12:55 #18
I mean it would be for some sort of private service. If it's a public hospy and a public patient, they cannot charge you out of pocket $$ for any service performed in those conditions. All charges are bulk billed to Medicare.
28-06-2015 13:04 #19
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