Hospital in private push
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.