Your admission choices
If you have a Medicare card you can generally choose to be treated as a public or a private patient. To help you make an informed admission choice, read My Admission, My Choice, My Election.
- you will be treated by doctors nominated by the hospital
- you will not be charged for hospital accommodation, medical and diagnostic services, prostheses or other relevant services
- your follow-up care when you leave hospital will usually be provided in an outpatient clinic of the hospital.
- you can choose the specialist doctor who will treat you
- you will be informed prior to making a choice, whether there will be any out-of-pocket expenses for hospital-generated accounts or doctor(s) fees
- your specialist doctor will usually provide follow-up care in their private room after you leave hospital. As a private patient you may also be eligible to transfer to a private hospital for further treatment or for follow-up care.
- you will have access to a single room if one is available and you have single room health cover.
For further information on the benefits of choosing to be a private patient read What it Means to be a Private Patient.