There is a huge range of pregnancy care and birthing options available to women today. Sadly, however, the decision around pregnancy care is often driven by cost. Even when families have private health cover, many are still opting for a public system care model, simply because the private gap fees can be so high.
Noticing this trend, Sunshine Obstetrics has created a modernised form of affordable private pregnancy care—ditching those nasty gap fees and allowing women to birth privately without any huge out-of-pocket expenses. We chat to Sunshine Obstetrics Practice Manager Suzanne Wall to find out more about this innovative approach to antenatal care.
What is group care, how does it work?
Our ‘group care’ model is where the three obstetricians at Sunshine Obstetrics—Dr. James Orford, Dr. Kirsten Morrow and George Bogiatzis—and the three midwives share the care between them.
All appointments are rotated between the care team throughout the pregnancy, so families get to know each of the three obstetricians during that time. Families seem to really like this model because it’s almost like getting a second opinion each time, it’s comforting to get another person’s input on any questions you may have because sometimes you might have something you want to run past someone else. But you also get to know and trust the three OBGYNs.
In particular, we are finding that a lot of second-time mums really like this care model. After trying the public or private system first time around, they realise that the group care approach fits them perfectly. It gives them the best of both worlds—private care, without the blow-out gap fees.
How much does this model of pregnancy care cost?
There are varying options and circumstances, but if you have private health insurance, you can have all of your obstetrics care and birth at Buderim Private with a private obstetrician for just $990.
This way, you can save a couple of thousand dollars, because the out-of-pocket costs for a traditional private care pregnancy could be three or four thousand dollars.
Where can you birth?
Our only hospital for births is Buderim Private Hospital, as we find the level of care there is exceptional. But you can also come to us for your pregnancy care if you are birthing through SCUH (Sunshine Coast University Hospital).
We have created a range of care models to ensure we can cater for the many different situations families may face today. You can come to us if you don’t have a Medicare card, if you don’t have health insurance. There’s lots of different options.
We know that having a baby is a very special experience, but it doesn’t have to be expensive!