Perth Haematology :: Dr
Public or Private Status
at SCGH and JHC
The funding arrangements in Australian
health are quite complex. This is partly due to the
different State - Federal responsibilities and partly
due to the Private health Fund laws.
Public patients are treated in
State-run public hospitals. The costs of this are born
by the State Government.
patient is looked after by the team of doctors
appointed by the hospital. The on-call team of
the appropriate speciality is usually
allocated. The team includes Consultant,
Registrar(s), Resident(s) and possibly Intern.
patients in Private Hospitals or Public
Hospitals are funded by the patient's Private Health
Fund insurance and Medicare (Federal Government).
Choosing to be a
Private patient in a public hospital has the
Ability to be looked after by
your specialist in hospital, rather than the
hospital-appointed specialist of the day.
Choice of Specialist for
surgical interventions or physician
consultations, instead of having the
specialist appointed by the hospital
(specialist of the day).
Increased participation of
consultant specialists in your care, rather
than registrars (training doctors).
Helping the hospital budget by
utilising the Medicare and Health Fund
payments rather than the State budget
allocated to the hospital.
There will be no gap payments
from the hospital or the specialists looking
after you if you choose to be a Private
patient at SCGH or JHC.