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    Would have been private. Public is free (all costs go straight through Medicare).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Ok - didn't mean to make you snarkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Was that public or private though??
    Public.

    i don't know why there are fees. But it was there in black and white.
    I have checked it 6 times and i haven't read it wrong. I will ask them for clarification when I go in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumsical View Post
    Would have been private. Public is free (all costs go straight through Medicare).
    No. It was public.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumsical View Post
    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.
    She didn't get any private services done.

    *shrug* maybe her medicare was out of date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Can you please post back when you do?

    I've very interested to hear how and why it occurs that way.

    I would hate for someone to have go without an epidural or be reluctant to have an emergency caesarean because of financial reasons.
    Sure, it's a few weeks away but I'll let you all know.


 

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