North Eastern Community Hospital has negotiated with major Health Funds to ensure hospital charges are paid for by the relevant fund EXCEPT where you have made a particular personal choice in your level
of cover e.g. as in “Excess” payments.
Please ensure that you contact your Medical Fund PRIOR to your admission so that you are fully aware of any “Excess” payments you will be required to pay. It is also important to check with regards to family cover in case baby requires admission to the level 4 nursery as well as if you have ambulance cover.
All Doctor’s fees and diagnostic services (e.g. x-ray and pathology) will be billed separately. Any amount outstanding such as an excess or co-payment is payable on admission. Please contact your health fund in order to confirm the level of your prleveleivate health insurance cover.
You may also receive separate accounts for the following areas:
- Pharmacy (Non admission related Drugs).
- Assistant Surgeon
For uninsured maternity patients we have a lay-by system and part payments can be made at regularly intervals prior to admission. You will be required to pay the remainder of your fees on discharge. For your convenience, we accept cash, EFTPOS and credit card payments (excluding Diners and AMEX). If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ring – 08 8366 8111 between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm.
It is therefore necessary to contact us for an estimate of fees and charges prior to your admission date. All estimates provided by North Eastern Community Hospital are based on item numbers and length of stay as indicated by your doctor prior to admission. Please note that in the event of unforeseen complications or variations from the proposed treatments, costs may vary.
Anaesthetic Fees For Maternity Services
Should you require an epidural analgesia, a spinal or general anaesthetic, the anaesthetist’s fees will be calculated in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.
These fees may be substantially higher than the rebate recommended by the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Factors such as degree of difficulty, time of day, duration of service, travel time and urgency are taken into account. Fees will vary between practitioners but in most cases will be at a level recognised by accepted community standards.