I posted to this thread a while ago and just came back to see how its progressed now we are past 01/01/10. This is a bit of a long reply.....I'm quite interested in it as its directly affected us and our decision.Lokum
- I totally agree with you - I think for a long time people have got very comfortable with the safety net (I know I have
) - but really the amount that specialists charge over and above the scheduled fee I find unbelievable.Seepi
- I agree entirely. I've been paying this bl00dy health cover to have a baby for 3 years now and now I won't be having my baby in a private hospital. Only consolation is that my public hospital will give me a private room using my PHI.Rokate
The $$$ saved by doling out money directly to compensate private patients for paying private specialists for their private healthcare, will theorectically be kept in the public system for the benefit of all Australians
- I agree I doubt this will happen - is there correlation to nearly anything the govt does in this country????stagedom
Now by people like ourselves choosing to go elsewhere this may discourage the OB from charging exorbitant fees and may drop his fees in line with others
. Unfortunately I think they have enough 'power' not to care - I told my OB's secretary that we really thought we couldn't afford it (especially in light of us being out of pocket due to d&c in 2009) - she just said 'oh well'. I was a little surprised. I think my OB is quite well known and in fact has a bit of a queue of people wanting to see him.
loise3sofar I think you are a little off track. Not all the OB's are greedy "fat cats
- and in fact some really good ones actually work in/for public hospitals.Freakin-out Dad
Since i last posted on this forum my wife and i took advantage of a weekly tour to both the local public and private hospital facilities. We were glad that we did it. For us, it confirmed why we're choosing to go private
- I'd be interested to find out why. I did exactly the same exercise and thought the opposite
- I like the idea of having PHI paying for OB's (in fact thats what I thought I was paying for, for a really long time - not from australia so didn't really understand how medicare, PHI worked for a while).Louise3sofar
Because I doubt any of us really believe that the money saved is going back into the public system
- totally agree!
As for OB's overcharging. As there is disparity in their fees, there is also disparity in the quality of care provided
- well I think the care I received from an OB in the public hospital was just as good as what I received privately - in fact I found the OB in the public hospital to be somewhat more 'genuine'. I've had to see another ob twice when my OB's been away (once when I m/c!).
I think that the people who are really missing out are those in IVF treatment. I do know of friends doing ivf in the public system - but there is still a gap. I find it horrendous that now some people won't be able to actually conceive - I believe that is soooo much worse than not having an OB.
Can someone tell me what the scheduled fee actually is? I understand it to be what the govt has decided a certain item # or procedure will cost?? - like in the public system. If this is the cost - OB's and other specialists are performing daylight robbery!!