The Hospital must give you (or your agent) the option of being treated as a Public (non-chargeable) or Private (chargeable) patient upon admission.
As a public patient, you will be treated by doctors nominated by the Hospital to provide your medical treatment and you will not be charged for medical or Hospital services. You cannot choose to be treated by a particular doctor or occupy a bed in a single room.
As a private patient with health fund insurance, you will be treated by your nominated doctor provided that the doctor has a right to practice at the Hospital. You will be responsible for payment of Hospital accommodation fees and charges for all medical services and prostheses. Private health insurance will usually cover the full cost of shared ward accommodation.
Diagnostic tests for inpatients are covered by Medicare and your health fund.
Patients who elect to be treated as private patients but who do not have private health cover, will be responsible for accommodation fees and any prosthesis used. As an inpatient, you may claim any diagnostic tests through Medicare, but you will be required to pay the difference (gap) from your own funds.
By coming to Hospital you have agreed to have examinations and simple tests. Some procedures such as operations however, require consent in writing. Before you sign the consent form, your doctor will explain the treatment/procedure, its effects, likely success, and any alternatives. If you do not understand, ask questions until you are satisfied.
The Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and the North West Regional Hospital are teaching hospitals of the University of Tasmania and have a responsibility for teaching a wide range of students in the health care professions. Your co-operation is requested in the education of students and assistance in research studies if appropriate.
Your permission is required for participation in either of these.
Participation with decision making
You should be involved in decisions regarding your treatment and health. Your illness and various treatment options should be discussed with you so that you may consent to or refuse treatment if you wish. You may refuse to have any tests, examination procedure or treatment at any time. If you do refuse, you should be given details of the likely or potential outcome of your refusal. If you refuse you cannot hold others responsible for the outcome. You may discharge yourself from the Hospital at any time.