By choosing Ashford Hospital’s Maternity Service, you have access to our full range of services to support you through pregnancy, birth and into motherhood.
If you wish to have your baby at Ashford Hospital, simply ask your General Practitioner to refer you to an Ashford Hospital accredited Obstetrician.
After you have been reviewed by your Obstetrician, we ask that your online admission form be filled out as soon as possible. The online admission forms can be accessed via eAdmissions.
The cost of your hospital stay at Ashford Hospital depends on whether or not you have private health insurance and the level of cover that you have.
It is important that you are aware of any financial obligations related to your admission. If this has not been discussed with you,please ask to speak to one of our accounts staff.
You will be asked to complete and sign a health insurance claim form on admission. Any excess payment applicable to your policy will be required to be paid on or prior to admission. Ashford Hospital will submit your claim directly to your health fund on your behalf.
In the event that your health fund rejects your claim for reimbursement for any reason, the hospital will seek to recover any amounts outstanding from you.
If you do not sign a health insurance claim form before discharge, a form will be sent to you for completion. Ashford Hospital requests that you return the completed and signed claim form as soon as possible.
Private Health Insurance
Ashford Hospital has an agreement with the majority of private health funds to cover the hospital charges for your admission,depending on the level of your cover. Some levels of cover require you to pay an excess or co-payment and you will be asked to pay this prior to, or on admission. In addition, health fund policies require members to serve waiting periods before they will provide cover, and some levels of cover have excluded services. Ashford Hospital therefore strongly recommends that you contact your health fund to confirm your cover prior to your admission.
We also recommend that you check with your private health fund at least three months prior to your due date to ask whether you need to add your baby to your cover prior to the expected date of birth. This is to ensure that your baby is also covered should he or she need to be admitted in their own right into our Nursery.
Medicare does not cover any private hospital accommodation (room charges) nor theatre fees as this is covered by your private health insurer. Obstetrician’s fees are covered by Medicare and your private health insurer and depending on your Obstetrician and health insurance cover there may be a gap payable. You should discuss these charges with your Obstetrician and your health fund. You may also receive separate accounts for the following:
- Anaesthetist (if required)
- Medical Imaging(if x-rays or scans were required)
- Pathology (if any tests such as blood tests or biopsies were required)
- Critical Care Specialist (if you require admission to our Critical Care Unit)
Self Insured Patients
If you do not have private health insurance, you can still have your baby at Ashford Hospital. We offer competitive rates for self insured patients. Please contact our accounts staff on 08 83755228 to find our more information.
Ashford Hospital accepts cash, bank cheques, money orders, eftpos©, Amex, Visa and MasterCard for any amounts payable.
Please note a surcharge applies for credit card transactions.
Personal cheques and business cheques will not be accepted. Payment must be made prior to, or on admission.
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