Fees and payments

Public patients (no cost)

As a public patient, you receive accommodation and treatment free of charge from doctors nominated by the hospital.

These doctors may be training to be specialist doctors and will be under the supervision of senior specialists.

This applies to Australian residents only. If you are not an Australian resident please see the admissions office to discuss your options.

Privately insured patients

It is important that during the admission process, we explain to you the potential benefits and implications of your decision. By understanding this information you will then be able to make a decision on whether to have your child admitted as a private patient.

If you have private health insurance and admit your child as a private patient:

  • you can choose the doctor who will care for your child (if a choice is available)
  • provide a single room where possible 
  • we will try to eliminate any ‘out-of-pocket’ medical costs 
  • you won’t need to deal with claims and paperwork at home – we will do this for you
  • it is important to check with your health fund about the policy and type of cover you have.

When patients use their private health insurance, the money the Hospital receives from the private health insurer is used to maintain the high standard of care we provide. This can include purchasing additional medical equipment and employing more staff.

If you do not have private health insurance, you can still choose to be admitted as a private patient. If you have any questions or need assistance with your medical and hospital accounts, please contact our patient liaison officer. 

Our Patient Liaison Officers can help

The Children's Hospital at Westmead

If you would like more information about using your private health insurance, please phone the Patient Liaison Officer on (02) 7825 0505 or dial 50505 from the bedside phone.

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

If you would like more information about using your private health insurance, please contact our Patient Liaison Officer on (02) 9382 0730 or (02) 9382 1997.

You can ask for the ‘What it means to be a private patient’ brochure at the Admissions desk.

Last updated Tuesday 9th July 2024