What is the benefit of using my private health insurance in a public hospital?

As Victoria's largest teaching hospital we are able to treat chronic and complex illnesses. Being a private patient in a public hospital you can use your specialist of choice. If they are unavailable, you can choose to be treated by a hospital specialist, on call at that time where you will be admitted under the care of that doctor.

You can also access our only private hospital in the Southern Health group - Jessie McPherson Private Hospital specialising in:

  • Maternity Services
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracics (adult and adolescent)
  • Gastrosciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Vascular Surgery

If you are an elective patient, the specialist medical team (consultant, registrar) of that unit will treat you, unless the specialist of your choice has already arranged to treat you.

When you are discharged, you can choose to have your follow-up appointments through the hospital or your specialist may choose to see you in his/her consultation rooms.

By choosing to be a private patient you assist the hospital, to maintain equipment, retain and employ new staff and improve patient care. This in turn benefits all patients and the community as a whole.