I had occasion to be at Accident and Emergency of my local hospital today and amongst the conversation with a nurse, she said that if a patient elects to be admitted as a private patient, the public hospital will pick up the tab for all the gap fees. This is apparently an incentive to get people to use their private cover rather than be treated as private patients.
I don't know whether this is just Qld Health or whether it applies to other States.
It would make a difference to many, I think, in deciding whether to invoke their private cover.
Has anyone else come across this?