We’re fortunate in Australia to have a robust public system, but those who have the means to afford private cover and the ability to plan ahead (waiting periods on pregnancy cover are typically 12 months) have yet another avenue of choice.
Each offers high-quality care and has advantages over the other.
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So what sets them apart?
We asked mothers who’ve given birth in both public and private hospitals to share the biggest differences between the two.
1. Who looks after you.
In the private system, an expectant mother chooses her obstetrician. This choice may be based on a referral or recommendation, or simply based on who works at her preferred private hospital.
This obstetrician will see the mother through the entire process, from pregnancy appointments to the birth itself. If they aren’t available when the mother is ready to deliver (they may be with another patient, for example), they will send a colleague.