Visitors are now able to attend our facilities in Metro South Health. Please refer to the visiting restrictions for more information.
You can choose to use your private health insurance in our public hospitals.
If you are eligible for Medicare and hold private health insurance when you are admitted to one of our hospitals, you can elect to be treated as a private patient.
By electing to be a private patient you can choose your specialist doctor and their treating team. If the specialist of your choice is unavailable you can choose to be treated by another specialist who is on call at the time of your admission.
You may also be entitled to receive:
Hospital funding and resources are limited. Each time you use your private health insurance at one of our hospitals, you are helping us:
Our Patient Options Liaison Officers (POLOs) can answer any questions you have before you choose to be treated as a private patient.
You can speak to your hospital’s POLO about issues such as:
If you would like to get in touch with your local POLO, please speak to the ward staff.