Hos­pi­tal in pri­vate push

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Health bosses have moved to re­mind peo­ple with health in­sur­ance they have the op­tion to be treated as pri­vate pa­tients when ad­mit­ted to Broome Hos­pi­tal.

Pri­vate pa­tients can re­quest a sin­gle or pri­vate room — if avail­able — and are en­ti­tled to a set of in­cen­tives with a guar­an­tee of no out-of-pocket ex­penses.

Money re­ceived from pri­vate health in­sur­ance funds helps the hos­pi­tal to buy ad­di­tional equip­ment, main­tain fa­cil­i­ties and con­tinue to pro­vide ser­vices.

Broome Hos­pi­tal has re­cently pur­chased a num­ber of items with the support of pri­vate pa­tient rev­enue to im­prove the stay of their pa­tients, in­clud­ing por­ta­ble DVD play­ers for the day surgery unit and two wheel­chairs for the pae­di­atric ward.

Broome Re­gional Health Cam­pus op­er­a­tions man­ager Margi Faulkner said re­funds from pri­vate health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies of­ten helped the hos­pi­tal buy ad­di­tional equip­ment, main­tain fa­cil­i­ties and con­tinue to pro­vide the best service pos­si­ble.

“Whether be­ing ad­mit­ted as a pri­vate or public pa­tient, you will al­ways re­ceive the best care pos­si­ble at Broome Hos­pi­tal, how­ever know­ing what ben­e­fits are avail­able when us­ing your pri­vate health in­sur­ance may en­cour­age peo­ple to be ad­mit­ted pri­vately,” she said.

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