Hey everyone, I'd love to hear your thoughts on private vs public hospitals. I just found out I'm pregnant and even though I had private in mind (given that I already pay for PHI) but heard a few people saying it can be a waste of money given that public hospitals can be quite good too. What was your experience like? Thanks!
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29-02-2016 08:12 #1Junior Member
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Private or public?
29-02-2016 08:19 #2
I originally planned to go private, using the same rationale you mentioned, but ended up settling on a public hospital based birth centre. I got continuity of midwife care, a wonderful environment to give burg on, and it didn't cost me a cent! If I'm lucky enough to have a second then I would definitely go the same way.
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29-02-2016 08:26 #3Junior Member
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29-02-2016 09:04 #4
I went private for my first and public for my second through the birth centre with continuity of care with the same midwife each time. I much preferred my public experience. I hate being in hospital so a short stay didnt bother me, my midwife was amazing and approachable
29-02-2016 09:05 #5
Also keep in mind PHI only covers your hospital stay. Depending on your OB you will still need to pay a management fee and possibly appointment fees and will only get a portion back from medicare. I didnt realise this with my first.
29-02-2016 15:09 #6
29-02-2016 18:26 #7
The thing I love most about private hospital is that you can stay there for 5 days after baby is born and have the opportunity to get 24hr help with baby, with feeding, settling, bathing and changing. They also monitor you and your baby post birth, check on your stitches if you have any, prepare all your meals for you so you don't have to worry about that, and they run post-natal classes like physio, breast feeding, etc. I didn't want to leave the hospital the first time around! Second time around all those things probably aren't as important. I did enjoy having baby to myself without needing to look after my toddler, but I did miss him a lot.
Having said that, most of my friends have had babies in the public system and all had good experiences. In particular, Hornsby hospital, Randwick women's and recently the birthing centre at RPA.
29-02-2016 18:55 #8
I chose public because for us the cost of private wasn't worth it. My first birthing experience was great and to be honest I couldn't wait to go home so that was no issue (I left early).
Second time around I'm going through a caseload midwifery programme at a different hospital and I'm pretty excited about it - appointments at home, early discharge with my midwife visiting me everyday for 5 days - appeals to me.
I am considered low risk which also factored into my decision. The only thing that really appeals to me about private is the continuity of care, which you can get in the public system if you can go through a caseload programme.
Oh, and I hate that my first appointment this time around isn't until 14 odd weeks. But it's a small price to pay considering I'll walk out of hospital not having paid a cent even if I get an epidural.
29-02-2016 19:03 #9Senior Member
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I went private. I was anxious (very much so!) and wanted one ob to care for me. The private hospital near me was fairly newly renovated and I wanted a private room.
I don't sleep well in hospital so I don't care about being able to stay longer.
I am private again. Mostly as I know what to expect there. The level of care was great last time. There is a LC available. Also, they have brought in midwife home visits now.
And this hospital is close. Sonce we are expecting a quick birth I wanted a close hospital (it is 10 mins away - the closest public is at least 45 mins away).
What is important to you regarding pregnancy/birth?
29-02-2016 19:46 #10
Also bear in mind if you have any health problems that might put you as more medium or high risk it is unlikely you'll be able to utilize midwife programs at public hospitals. I had my 1st at the royal Women's and was rejected from the midwife program they run there and had to see different obs each appt. I felt like i had to explain my medical history every time and things were missed and i felt like i had noone to call between appts if i had a concern.
I'm going private this time with a top high risk ob who will liase wity my other specialists.
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