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#1 nickyAB

Posted 03 March 2016 - 12:30 PM

Hi,
This might be a really obvious question but I can't find it even after some google searches. is there a way to work out what hospital catchment area you're in? It is also something I'd like to know because we will be moving soon to the other side of Sydney so it would be good to know options depending on where we choose to live.

Thanks,

#2 Riotproof

Posted 03 March 2016 - 01:50 PM

I don't think so. You might get the info from nsw health or the area health service.

#3 Baby3in2016

Posted 04 March 2016 - 05:50 AM

This is RPA's:
http://www.slhd.nsw....ies/pdf/map.pdf
I found it by googling "RPA catchment map"

Tried to do the same for Canterbury Hospital and couldn't find anything. You might have to call the various possible hospitals to get more info.

#4 nickyAB

Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:41 PM

^Thank you :)

#5 jayskette

Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:48 PM

theres no catchment. the ambulance just take you to the nearest one. if that hospital doesnt offer the service you need you get transferred to the nearest who can do it.

#6 nickyAB

Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:52 PM

^thanks but i'm wondering about coverage without the need for an ambulance, ie. if i"m pregnant and don't have private health insurance (For mat cover) can i just choose which hospital to go to, from what i see by the RPA it's strict on who they take.

I would actually like to go to Royal North shore public, but i don't live close to the area any more. So not sure if they would take me.

#7 KatieTL

Posted 18 March 2016 - 01:09 PM

Hi nickyAB.

http://www.nslhd.hea.../Hospitals/RNSH

This website says that RNSH and its associated health services meet the health needs of four local government areas - Mosman, Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney.

Perhaps there are similar local health area websites for other hospitals that you can find out the catchment zones in your area.

I am similar to you, though I live close to RNSH I am not in there zone and therefore have elected to go privately (even without private health) to the RNSH via an OB rather than public in my zoned hospital.  It took me a while to make this decision but am very happy now that I have!

#8 Luci

Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:14 PM

Do you know where you will be moving to? Some of the wise EB ladies might know which is the hospital closest to your new suburb.

Luci

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:20 PM

 jayskette, on 11 March 2016 - 08:48 PM, said:

theres no catchment. the ambulance just take you to the nearest one. if that hospital doesnt offer the service you need you get transferred to the nearest who can do it.

For maternity?

Sounds odd.

#10 meety

Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:55 PM

If you go to a local GP they will probably know. And when you call the hospital they will be able to tell you.

#11 Penguin78

Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:50 PM

Ring the hospitals you think you will be close to and ask them.

Some hospitals are really strict so you will have to check.

#12 firsttime12

Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:32 AM

 DanielleK, on 18 March 2016 - 01:09 PM, said:

Hi nickyAB.

http://www.nslhd.hea.../Hospitals/RNSH

This website says that RNSH and its associated health services meet the health needs of four local government areas - Mosman, Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney.

Perhaps there are similar local health area websites for other hospitals that you can find out the catchment zones in your area.

I am similar to you, though I live close to RNSH I am not in there zone and therefore have elected to go privately (even without private health) to the RNSH via an OB rather than public in my zoned hospital.  It took me a while to make this decision but am very happy now that I have!

Hi DanielleK,
I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I have my OB costs but can't get a straight answer on the hospital costs. If you don't mind, could you share what your costs are for hospital (stay, anesthetist, visits in case something is wrong, etc)?

#13 Caribou

Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:40 AM

 firsttime12, on 01 February 2017 - 09:32 AM, said:

Hi DanielleK,
I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I have my OB costs but can't get a straight answer on the hospital costs. If you don't mind, could you share what your costs are for hospital (stay, anesthetist, visits in case something is wrong, etc)?

That's completely dependant on your Health fund. You need to discuss that with them.

#14 firsttime12

Posted 01 February 2017 - 11:28 AM

 BlueSheep, on 01 February 2017 - 09:40 AM, said:

That's completely dependant on your Health fund. You need to discuss that with them.

Hi BlueSheep,

My healthfund doesn't cover me for pregnancy so I would have to go in as a private patient with no cover. So I will be completely out of pocket for my stay. It's hard to figure out how much everything will cost because it probably depends on my birth and how it goes. I'm scared that if anything does go wrong and I need to stay for an extended period of time, if I need specialised care, c-section ,etc, this will be all at my own cost. I'm not sure how much everything costs and it's hard to get an answer....

#15 Caribou

Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:13 AM

Okay. That makes sense then. Is there a reason you want to use a private OB? And a private hospital?

In a public hospital, everything is covered, so no fees to worry about. If it's the personal contact you're looking for, the midwives are usually great and contactable during pregancy.

I'm going private, while my hospital covers everything, there's a couple gap fees. I had to use NICU/SCN for the baby which ran up to $8000 for the 5 days. That was covered by my health fund. However a NICU/SCN in public doesn't cost you anything.

My 0B was/is(as I'm seeing her again) $5500 all up, with about $500 back from Medicare.

I'm not sure about room costs. They're expensive private and I strongly advise you not to go private with no PHI.

The anthestologist was expensive too for my c/s I think he was $3000 with $700 back from health fund and Medicare?(this was 5 years ago!)

Is there any chance of your Ob being private in a public hospital? There's some OBs who do this so you're only out of pocket for the OB management fees.

I really suggest going public unless you have loads of cash for private and not worried about expenses. Private doesn't necessarily mean better!

Edited by BlueSheep, 02 February 2017 - 08:14 AM.


#16 Soontobegran

Posted 02 February 2017 - 07:19 PM

 firsttime12, on 01 February 2017 - 11:28 AM, said:

Hi BlueSheep,

My healthfund doesn't cover me for pregnancy so I would have to go in as a private patient with no cover. So I will be completely out of pocket for my stay. It's hard to figure out how much everything will cost because it probably depends on my birth and how it goes. I'm scared that if anything does go wrong and I need to stay for an extended period of time, if I need specialised care, c-section ,etc, this will be all at my own cost. I'm not sure how much everything costs and it's hard to get an answer....

We had people who came in as private in public without any PHI and there was a pre organised fee structure agreed upon and unless you are incredibly wealthy it is not a viable option really.
If you got sick you could be up for tens of thousands of dollars ++.

Going public is a much better option than having the stress of the possible costs of an uninsured birth.

Good luck.

#17 1975ladybug

Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:00 PM

RPA being a private patient or paying as a private patient doesn't ensure you a private room, if that's what your after.

Also if you a public patient paying private costs, and live with the catchment of Canterbury hospital when you ring to say your in labour they may direct you to Canterbury hospital if they are full. Only having an ob who is an RPA's provider will ensure you deliver at RPA but it won't enure that you have a private room.

If you are more than 8 weeks, finding an OB might be challenging.    

Depending on how far into your pregnancy you are you can ask about the birthing unit, which was seperate to the maternity unit.

#18 nickyAB

Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:35 PM

Well I ended up going public because I couldn't get a straight answer on the costs of being a private patient in a public hospital without health insurance and I didn't want to risk it.
I'm due next week so almost there!
My catchment isn't in a great hospital (hornsby) but i am due next week. Experiences has been chalk and cheese compared to having an OB in a private hospital like I did last time. The public system does the absolute bare minimum for you and it's like going to a medical centre you usually get someone different unless you can see a midwife on the same day every week. With a toddler it was hard. Even the Drs clinic there is pretty average. I got better care from my local gp! The midwives are nice though and they don't push you to do anything. But there's just so many women they are clearly overbooked and understaffed thanks to our useless government.
I still would have gone with an OB in a public hospital to save money but only if I had private pregnancy cover because I couldn't get a straight answer from anyone!
I also would avoid the birthing centre at the rpa I have heard terrible experiences there from friends that have given birth there. I used to live just down the road. Btw RPA is super busy and hectic. The best public I've heard of is the women's in Randwick and royal north shore.

And not true it's hard to find an OB at 8 weeks I rang around at 12 weeks and found quite a few around the upper north shore, had i needed one. It's a matter of trying different ones! And depends when you are due! Good luck ladies :)

#19 nickyAB

Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:42 PM

Also I was told hospitals take out of area women like 10
A month or something like that I can't remember so if you're keen on one hospital it's worth asking. Oh and btw no one sees round in the public system until you're 14 weeks. I have hyperemesis gravidarum and this was hell I had to go through the emergency ward every time I needed fluids. Had I been covered with pregnancy cover I could have gone directly to the maternity ward at the private hospital but p├║blic hospitals don't see you in maternity until you're 20 weeks.

#20 BECZ

Posted 02 February 2017 - 09:21 PM

I had my first two at RNSH and it was fantastic.  We have always PHI, but struggled to get an ob. experienced in dealing with people with my condition.  The ob. at RNS even called around and got me into one, but when I rang his secretary said he couldn't take any more patients, even after I explained that he said that he would take me.  She rang back the following morning to apologise and process my details, but by then we had accepted/decided that we would just go public and I'm so glad we did.

#21 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 02 February 2017 - 10:24 PM

For what it's worth, the best of my 3 births was public at Hornsby. I felt just as well cared for as I had been privately at the San for the previous two, almost all the rooms are private and I thought the midwives in the birthing suite were actually more supportive. The San also doesn't want to know you before 20 weeks. Maybe other private hospitals are better, but that was my experience.  I never felt like there was much continuity of care in the private system - the ob was only there for a small portion of it, so the times I needed support it came from midwives I'd never met. I did shared care with my GP for the prenatal appointments, honestly I didn't see that much difference public to private other than price, and Hornsby had wireless monitors which the San did not, which made the induction SO much better. I would not in a million years consider going private without insurance. It was expensive enough with insurance.




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