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Cost of doctor fees - ward vs private room at private hospital

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    cherrypie is offline Registered User
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    I really struggle to see why people pay so much for Matilda when if there are any complications or issues at birth they have to move you to Queen Mary for specialist treatment anyway.

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    A tour is useful because you see where you will actually be delivering - you can familiarize yourself with the environment, what pain relief methods the hospital can offer you, and the team of midwives/nurses on hand to assist. It generally makes people feel more comfortable if they have an idea of what to expect, especially in a hospital setting, and especially for a first baby. Tours might not seem necessary for you, but a lot of people find them very helpful and reassuring. We have maternity ward tours in America, too.

    As for why pay more for Matilda if they move you to QMH for complications...I understand your viewpoint. But have you seen the Matilda? If you DON'T have complications, you're in for a pretty sweet deal. (Sanatorium is pretty nice, too, by the way.) And if you have insurance coverage for a private hospital, well...why not?

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    If insurance paying absolutely 100% I would go to Matilda but if not, why pay such a huge amount if risk of being transfered to QMH anyway is my thinking. My friend had 2 children in Matilda and although it was 5* treatment they did not have insurance so paid for the whole thing - I personally would rather spend that kind of money on the baby afterwards than the 2 - 4 days of hosp stay.

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    Ngnhk - I like your response.

    We are all pregnant and in very good places right now so what's with the negativity and judgments?

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    I agree, Mingaling - no need for negativity, here.

    Cherrypie - if your friend could afford the Matilda without insurance and she chose to go there, that's great for her. She's allowed to choose how she wants to spend her money. You clearly would have chosen otherwise, and that's up to you. Neither decision is "wrong," whether you agree with hers or not. So what's the big deal?

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    I don't really a have a deal - I just think it is shame that the expat scene here makes people feel they need to go private or that the public system is not good enough. This is something several of my friends have commented on (friends who have given birth here and also those expecting) and the general consensus has been that a lot of worry and confusion could have been saved if they just viewed the public system like being pregnant back in the UK and if people want to go private there is that option - rather than it feeling like an expectancy to go private.

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    The public system is medically excellent, but private hospitals are often just more comfortable - and the big advantage is that you get to choose the doctor who delivers your baby, which you cannot do in the public system.

    As for the "expectation" for expats to go private...I don't know if I see that. I have friends who have done both, and honestly at least among the people I know, nobody cares. Nobody has been condescending about either choice.

    I know you have the public and private systems in the UK, as well - but I'm American, so I have nothing to say about that. Our healthcare costs are eons higher than anything in HK, the UK, Australia, you name it - so for me, going private in HK is just an extension of what we'd do at home.

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    Being pregnant in HK is a new experience for many of us and thankfully for boards like this, I've been able to meet some great people willing to share their experiences to make life easier.

    The reality is... there are distinct differences on how things work in the public and private systems here compared to other countries. Many people find that it's helpful to get as much information as possible (e.g. from tours which are offered in both the private and public hospitals) to be able to make an informed decision.

    Do realize that each family can have specific circumstances where one system would work out better than the other - as to what those specific circumstances are, it's really nobody else's business... but to explore one possible example, the public system does not allow for cord blood collection. For those parents that choose to do this for their own personal reasons, private delivery is the only option.

    The public system can be an excellent choice - however I have known some mums who had to forfeit this option because they were working and their schedules were not flexible enough to accommodate 3 hour appointments (during dates and times you often can not get to choose) + commute time to QM/TS. For some people, this is just not feasible... no matter how much they want to go with public.

    I don't really see the expat community here or elsewhere advocating private delivery as the better and only way to go. Our friends and family (a mix of locals and expats) have done both and shared care.
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