Private and Public Patients
If you are Medicare eligible and hold current private hospital insurance when admitted to a Queensland public hospital you can elect to be a private inpatient.
In the event you choose to be admitted as a private patient:
- The Townsville HHS will cover any excess or co-payment for a single room
- You will have no out-of-pocket expenses for hospital accommodation fees, theatre fees, diagnostic services, prostheses, pathology and pharmaceuticals (not including discharge medications)
- You may request a single room. While this is provided where possible, single rooms are allocated on a clinical-needs basis
- You can choose your staff specialist and treating team provided they have a Right of Private Practice at the hospital. If the staff specialist of your choice is unavailable, you can choose to be treated by an on-call hospital specialist
Queensland Health supports ‘hassle-free’ billing. If you have private health insurance and have elected to be a private patient, your account will be prepared and, in most cases, directly submitted to Medicare Australia and your health fund on your behalf.
For more information please speak to our Private Patient Liaison Officer Team
Phone: 4433 3445