What is Bupa Hatch?
Bupa Hatch is a new gap-free private maternity program being offered by Bupa in partnership with Hatch Private Maternity. In return for completing a survey at the end, eligible women can receive antenatal to postnatal maternity care with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.
About the partnership
Bupa is Australia’s largest health insurer, with agreements with a range of private hospitals and a huge extras network. It offers pregnancy cover as part of its standard and top hospital cover.
Hatch Private Maternity provides private pregnancy, birth and postnatal care at an affordable price through a team of five highly trained midwives and 11 obstetricians. They do this at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital in South Brisbane, Queensland’s largest private maternity and newborn facility.
How Bupa Hatch works
Women wishing to take part in the Bupa Hatch program who have held pregnancy cover with Bupa for at least 12 months can book an appointment with Hatch Private Maternity, where a midwife will review your personal circumstances.
A number of eligibility requirements must be met and overseas visitors or students, women with high risk or complicating health factors or who are carrying more than one baby will not be eligible.
If you fit the necessary criteria, you will then attend antenatal appointments with Hatch obstetricians and midwives until you are due to give birth, at which time your baby will be delivered by a Hatch obstetrician at the Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital.
After the birth, you will attend two postnatal appointments to monitor the progress of mother and baby, one with a midwife at three weeks and one with an obstetrician at six weeks.
Finally, because this is a pilot program, you will be asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on your Bupa Hatch experience.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for services directly related to midwifery and obstetrician fees for women who hold a valid Medicare card. However, there may be some associated costs for paediatrician, sonographer, anaesthetist and intensivist services if required. There may also be a hospital excess, co-payment or facility fee, depending on your level of cover.
Benefits of Bupa Hatch
Many women have been bypassing the private health system and having their babies in public hospitals to avoid high obstetrician fees. Out-of-pocket costs for maternity care by a private obstetrician can range as high as $10,000, so a gap-free maternity program such as Bupa Hatch is an innovative new way to deliver better value for money for private health members.
Bupa plans to run its pilot program in Queensland until 2019, with the expectation of expanding it to NSW and Victoria in the near future and Australia-wide after that.