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In Australia, do you go to a public hospital or a private hospital to give birth?

First of all, there are two different types of hospitals in Australian society that are equally legal and reliable: public hospitals and private hospitals. Australians will consider their needs, pros and cons, and then choose to go to a public hospital or a private hospital.

Let's take a look at the differences between having children in these two hospitals.

Cost comparison

Public hospitals are funded and built by the government, mainly with government subsidies.

Australian PR and citizens see a doctor in a public hospitalCompletely freeYes, whether it’s a minor illness or a major operation, the material cost during the operation, the operation fee, the room and board during the hospitalization, and the nursing fee, etc., all these costs are borne by the government, and the patient only needs to provide the individual to the hospital Medicare (healthcare card) information is sufficient.

The hospital will report the cost of the illness to the government, and the government will eventually pay for the patient. and soAustralian PR and citizens give birth in public hospitals, the whole process is free.

But if you are not an Australian PR and citizen, you will be charged for going to an Australian public hospital to see a doctor or have a childVery expensiveYes, the price of having a baby is about 1 Australian dollars or more.

Private hospitals are privately operated hospitals, most of which are profitable, but like public hospitals, they are all legally operated and very reliable regular hospitals.

Since most of them are profit-making,Private hospitals are very expensive, basically several times that of public hospitals.

However, if you purchase private insurance, you can reimburse a large part of the consumption in private hospitals through insurance companies. For example, the insurance company can basically get all the fees for each maternity check-up, and the expenses incurred in private hospitals before and after delivery are also available. Part or all of them can be taken back through private insurance. Only painless childbirth, side cuts, pediatric specialist fees and other self-paid items cannot be reimbursed through private insurance.


Anyway,After being reimbursed by private insurance and giving birth in a private hospital, the personal expenses are basically between XNUMX and XNUMX Australian dollars(The charges are slightly different in each state and city, and the charges for vaginal delivery and caesarean section are also different, but considering the various situations from pregnancy to delivery, it is more comfortable to prepare XNUMX yuan), it is within the personal acceptable range.

Usually if Australians decide to have a baby in a private hospital, they willBuy private insurance one year in advance, Because production insurance has a one-year waiting period.

Doctor comparison

In public hospitals, maternity check-ups and delivery are generally performed byMidwife(Midwife) do it instead of a professional obstetrician. Only when an operation is needed, the professional obstetrician will do it himself.

Pregnant women go to public hospitals for obstetrics or deliveryNo right to chooseA midwife or a doctor (when surgery is needed) is generally the one who is on duty for the pregnant woman to do the check-up or deliver the baby.

Therefore, during each check-up, the midwife will record the pregnant woman's condition in the patient's file in detail so that the next midwife can quickly understand the pregnant woman's condition.


At the time of delivery, if the pregnant woman's delivery time just exceeds the midwife's shift time, the midwife may be changed during the delivery.

Due to the inability to choose midwives, many pregnant women are worried about encountering interns when they go to public hospitals for obstetrics or delivery. It is true that some women have unpleasant experiences with interns, which urges everyone to choose private hospitals.

If you are born in a private hospital, the above problems will not exist.Pregnant women can choose their own doctor, From the early check-up to the final delivery, this doctor is responsible.

Therefore, the choice of a private obstetrician is particularly critical. Usually, a private obstetrician is appointed early in pregnancy (6-8 weeks). Note that it is the doctor, not the hospital.

If you cannot make an appointment with a private obstetrician before giving birth, you cannot give birth in a private hospital.

In Australia, private obstetricians are not actually private hospitals. Even though sometimes their clinics are located in the outpatient departments of private hospitals, they are all private doctors of a personal nature. They should be regarded as a cooperative relationship with private hospitals. Obstetricians can attend and deliver babies in multiple hospitals.

Each private hospital will have 6-10 private obstetricians, but due to time and energy constraints, each obstetrician can only accept a certain number of patients. Because obstetricians not only have to deliver babies, they also do outpatient clinics, receive mothers, and do daily checkups.

Sometimes the puerpera gives birth in the middle of the night, and the obstetrician will be there soon. After the puerpera has given birth, the obstetrician will go to the clinic as usual during the day. Obstetricians are also human and their energy is limited, so the number of patients they can receive is also limited.


In addition, many obstetricians are gynaecologists, and many of their patients are treated with infertility. If they are successfully conceived, they will naturally be delivered to them. This will leave some obstetricians.

And because Australia charges high insurance to obstetricians, obstetricians are responsible for the children he delivers.Before the child turns 18, the obstetrician is likely to be responsible for some of the child’s health problems, This has caused many obstetricians to withdraw from this industry, and the number of obstetricians has been greatly reduced.

There are too many monks and less porridge, which leads to the difficulty of obstetrician appointments. If you cannot make an appointment with a private obstetrician, you will not be able to live in a private hospital, you can only go to a public hospital.

Service comparison

Generally speaking, the services of public and private hospitals in Australia are very good. However, due to some practical problems, the services of the two hospitals will be slightly different in comparison.

For example, because public hospitals are free for the whole journey, but the medical resources of public hospitals are limited, soYou often have to wait in line for a long time to go to public hospitals.

Giving a child in a public hospital is not the same as in China. I think it’s almost time to go to the hospital for delivery. Australia basically feels that the child will be born soon. Call the hospital and the hospital will ask you about your specific situation. You will be sent to the hospital when you are about to give birth.


At the time of delivery, the mother herself cannot choose between a normal delivery or a C-section. The midwife must decide.

In contrast, private hospitals do not have these problems with public hospitals. In order to gain reputation and popularity, many private hospitals pay great attention to improving their services. They will provide very thoughtful and considerate care for their mothers before and after delivery. Private hospitals are expensive and manyAustralians who can afford it still prefer to have children in private hospitals.

Comparison of equipment and ward conditions

In Australia, private hospitals are secondary hospitals, and public hospitals are tertiary hospitals, so public hospitals have more complete medical facilities. Pregnant women need to be transferred to a public hospital if an accident is predicted or unexpected during the delivery process in a private hospital.

In terms of ward conditions,Private hospitals are much better than public hospitals, Many people sayThe wards of Australian private hospitals are like hotels, There will be a double bed inside, mothers and family members can accompany the night, indoor TV, refrigerator and other household appliances.


However, public hospitals are generally public wards, and each room has multiple women and the beds are relatively small, so family members cannot accompany them at night. But this is not absolute. If you are lucky and there are not many births, it is not impossible to live in a ward by yourself.


In short, public and private hospitals are trustworthy for giving birth in Australia, so you can choose according to your actual situation.

Content source: Tick.com


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