I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on my due date?
I did some research and I was not expecting the high out-of-pocket expenses associated with going private, despite having private health insurance.
I would appreciate if anyone with recent experience could give me an idea of how much I would be out of pocket.
I know that I would have to pay for all the visits at the gynaecologist, the ultrasounds/tests, the standard antenatal fee of about $3000, any gap for delivery, the anaesthetist on the day, a paediatrician and nursery fees if the baby requires it.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!