Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Public and Private Patients

Public and Private Patients

You may choose to be a public or private patient at the WCH.

Public Patients

Australian residents who decide to be a public patient are entitled to free treatment under Medicare. Your treatment will be carried out by doctors nominated by the Hospital, under the direction of an appropriate specialist. After discharge your care will be carried out in a WCH Outpatient Clinic or you will be referred to your local general practitioner.

Private Patients

At the Women's and Children's Hospital you can choose to be treated as a private patient. Admission as a private patient has benefits for both you and the hospital. For a full list of benefits and more information please download the brochure/s below:

PDF iconWhat it means to be a private patient - WCH Admitted Patients (Paediatrics) (96kb)

PDF iconWhat it means to be a private patient - WCH Admitted Patients (Women) (96kb)

After discharge your care will be carried out in either a WCH Outpatient Clinic or the specialist's private rooms, or you will be referred to your local general practitioner.

Benefits and Costs of being a Private Patient at WCH

The Australian Health Care Agreement between the Commonwealth and State Governments requires that patients Elect to be treated as a Private (chargeable) or Public (non-chargeable) patient upon admission to the Women's and Children's Hospital.

For further information please contact the Patient Liaison Officer during business hours on:

Phone: (08) 8161 6753
Phone: (08) 8161 8902
Pager: (08) 8161 7000 #4370

last modified: 17 Jun 2016