I have to disagree and I think costs can easily spiral out of control at a private hospital.

If you have an emergency c-section, costs are usually double what a normal birth would cost. I have had two emergency c-sections- $106k at Matilda; 90k at Sanatorium (fortunetly insurance paid all).

Not only that but if either baby or you need extra medical attention, tests, medicine etc. at a private hospital it all costs extra.
You can not budget for complications or for you or baby needing to say longer in hospital (for whatever reason).

Whereas at a govt. hospital you pay per the day and it is a uniform price regardless of the medical attention, treatment you need. Plus it is so cheap and affordable anyway.