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Port Augusta Hospital and 
Regional Health Services

Admitted Patients

Making  your private health  
insurance work for you and  
your local public hospital

What it means to be  
a private patient

  Department for Health and Ageing,  
Government of South Australia. All rights reserved.  
FIS: 16143.1 (Pt Augusta) October 2016.

Can I still be a private patient if I  
don t have  private health insurance?
Yes, if you do not have private health insurance, 
you can still elect to be a private patient. As a self-
funded patient you will be responsible for meeting 
any costs incurred during your hospital stay that are 
not covered by Medicare.

How do you elect to be a  
private patient? 

Hospital staff are available to answer any  
questions you may have. If you would like to  
be admitted as a private patient please let our  
staff know.

A hospital representative will assist you to  
complete the necessary forms which will help  
you make an informed choice to be admitted as  
a private patient.

All you need to do is provide:

 &gt; &gt;  Your Medicare details

 &gt; &gt;   Your private health fund details (if applicable)

Our hospital representative can be contacted on: 

Ph: (08) 8668 7500 
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm  

For more information 
Contact the hospital representative on the number  
above OR  Visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Public I1-A1

Thank you for supporting our hospital

*Safety and Quality Community Advisory Group

www.ausgoal.gov.au/creative-commons

This document has been reviewed and
endorsed by SQCAG* for consumers 
and community October 2015. 



Choice of doctor
As a private patient you are able to choose your 
doctor(s) provided that the doctor has Rights of 
Private Practice at this hospital, and is available. 
Where your doctor of choice is unavailable, you 
can still experience a private stay in our hospital 
and be treated by the doctor on duty.

How will you be affected 
financially?

 &gt; If you have hospital cover, your health fund 
should cover the costs associated with your 
accommodation and prostheses charges. 

 &gt; Medicare and your health fund will cover 
100% of medical service fees if your doctor 
charges the scheduled fee or participates in a 
Gap Cover Scheme with your health fund.

Note: Medical service fees are fees that may be 
charged by your doctor, surgeon, anaesthetist 
and/or pathology or radiology departments.

Accounts made easy
The hospital will lodge all of your claims to 
Medicare and your health fund on your behalf 
(where possible). Once hospital accounts are 
paid, you will receive a patient claim statement 
from your health fund providing details of all 
charges paid.

The importance of confirming your 
level of health fund cover
Our hospital representative can confirm your 
level of health fund cover and let you know 
whether you are covered for your hospital stay.  
Please ask our representative if you have any 
questions relating to your health fund cover or 
costs relating to your admission.

Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Services

Using your private 
health insurance at  
our Hospital
As a private patient in a public hospital  
you will enjoy a number of benefits  
and help your hospital  

How will you benefit?
By electing to be admitted into our hospital as a 
private patient you will enjoy the advantages of:

 &gt; No private health insurance co-payments or 
excesses

 &gt; Access to  free to air  television at no cost

 &gt; Free movie channels

 &gt; Free Internet

 &gt; Free local telephone calls

 &gt; Newspaper 

 &gt; Access to a single room (if available)

 &gt; Choice of doctor (if available)

How you will help the hospital  
and community
It is our aim to provide all patients with the 
highest possible quality and standard of care.

The income we receive from your health fund 
helps to improve hospital facilities, update 
equipment and provide staff education and 
training.


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