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Is it easy to move from private to public for delivery?

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    charade is offline Registered User
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    For me the complication was an emergency c-sec as my breech baby started to come early. My private doc had already explained to me the added costs of just a simple emergency c-sec (I think it was 10,000 more just for the OT, and probably higher if the baby chose to arrive on a public holiday; not sure if the docs also charge more for a non-scheduled c-sec) so I decided if it came to an unscheduled c-sec, I'd go public and that's what I did.

    For that reason, i continued to attend antenatal appointments now and then in the public system - the nurse there said it was fine to skip in between as long as I showed up from 35 weeks onward I think. Basically, when they were scheduling the appointment I'd just tell them I wanted to skip a few and they'd schedule one later. I did the tests free in the public system. Yes, it meant taking half a day off sick leave to attend the appointment but I was glad I did in the end as then I had all the records in order when I had to go in for the emergency and there was no stress.

    I'm sure they'd admit you as a HK ID holder even if you were n't in their system but I'd hate the insecurity of knowing whether to go to the ER or up to the labour ward and frankly, I wouldn't want to go the ER. Not sure what the procedure is if you haven't registered with them and go in to register at 35 weeks. I guess they would have to register you.
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    Liquorice, there's a website that i found the other day which answered a lot of my pregnancy related questions called maternasure. Have a look, it may be useful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 112233 View Post
    Liquorice, there's a website that i found the other day which answered a lot of my pregnancy related questions called maternasure. Have a look, it may be useful!

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    Thanks 112233. Quite useful listings, but is it run by Navigator insurance company? To be honest I have found them to be pretty useless when I've dealt with them before, so I'd be wary of working with them to take out insurance.

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    yes, it's possible to switch from private to public at any time; public system is REQUIRED to take you.

    however, i would strongly suggest you switch at first sign of anything of concern OR just go the public route. the worst case scenario is that something comes up right before you need to deliver and you show up at a public hospital where they have no record of you or your pregnancy (blood types, rh factor, etc). of course, they can order these tests on the spot, but it is not a good scenario if you are having a true emergency and they have to wait around for test results.

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