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Royal Hobart Hospital

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Newspapers are available from the Central Auxiliary Kiosk & Coffee Shop (ground floor Liverpool Street entrance) or from the kiosk trolley, which visits wards each weekday (Monday to Friday).

Non-acute Inpatients

The RHH is an acute care hospital, providing treatment and care for patients who are sick or injured.

Sometimes patients may remain at the RHH after they have moved from the acute phase of their illness or injury. This is likely to be because they are unable to return home (for example they may have lost some independence) and there is difficulty finding alternative accommodation and care for them.

When patients are classified as non-acute, they are required to pay a daily hospital fee, as required under the Australian Healthcare Agreement.  This fee will contribute to the day to day expenses of being in hospital, including food, accommodation and therapy. Patients may be eligible to access Rental Assistance from Centrelink to help with this cost (please discuss this with your Social Worker – call 6166 8354).

Patient Medical Records

You have the right to ask to see information about you retained by the RHH, in accordance with the Right to Information Act 2009. A fee may be incurred if you require electronic or paper copies. Confidentiality of your records is required  under the Personal Information Protection Act (PIP Act) 2004. Confidential information including treatment details will not be voluntarily released without your consent.  To access your medical record, you can call the Health Information Officer on 6166 8898.

Private Patient Classification

If you choose to be admitted as a private patient you will be treated by your nominated doctor, provided the doctor has a right to practice at the RHH and agrees to undertake your care. As a private patient you will be able to request a single room, if one is available. Single rooms are in limited supply and may not be available because other patients have a clinical need for a single room (for example a patient who needs to be treated in isolation). You will also be eligible for free television rental.

The RHH will generally accept your private health fund payment  as full payment of hospital accommodation  charges. As a private patient in a public hospital, you should have no out of pocket expenses. Medicare will cover 75% of your doctor’s bill (specialist medical services fees, including medical tests) and your private health insurance fund will cover the other 25%. While you are an inpatient, diagnostic tests will be covered by Medicare and your health fund.

The cost of any surgically-implanted prosthesis (an artificial device that replaces a missing body part) is also normally  covered by your private health fund. However, you should discuss this with your Doctor, prior to admission, to ensure that there will be no out of pocket expenses associated with your particular prosthesis. By using your private health insurance, the money received assists the hospital to buy additional equipment, maintain facilities and provide improved services to the Tasmanian community.

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 balance as an uninsured patient.