A wedding, a baby and other great news
Hornsby Heights mum to be Katherine Triebel has had a memorable week.
Married last Saturday, and with her second child due in just over a month, Katherine heard some surprising news after meeting with her San Hospital obstetrician, Dr Andrew Booker.
While sharing news about her marriage and confirming her soon-to-be-born baby is well and on schedule, Katherine heard that she's one of the first patients in Australia, one of dozens of north shore mothers, who will save thousands of dollars thanks to an Australian first pregnancy funding arrangement.
A legal secretary by profession, for the March birth Katherine is using her private health insurance to return to the San where daughter Anastasia was born in 2015.
"Medical negligence is one of the areas of law I have had a lot of experience in. This was one of the reasons I chose Dr Booker and had a caesarean section when my daughter Anastasia was born. It is a very personal choice and I appreciate that the San Hospital and HCF are helping make that even easier now with my second child.
Hearing about this initiative has given me more flexibility to take time off to settle my newborn child into the family. It's obvious that HCF, the San Hospital and Dr Booker all share the same values that my husband and I hold surrounding choice and certainty."
Katherine will be amongst one of the first patients in Australia to save between $4000-$6000 in an innovative funding package between her health fund HCF, Australia's largest not-for-profit health fund, and the San, NSW's largest private and not-for-profit hospital.
San Obstetrician Dr Andrew Booker was excited to share the good news about the collaboration between a majority of San obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists, and ultrasound providers with the Hospital which has partnered with HCF to guarantee zero-out-of-pocket expenses for pregnancy services.
An obstetrician for over 15 years who has delivered over 3700 babies, Dr Booker says he was motivated to join the new package because the close bond that develops during pregnancy gives him insight into families.
"Obstetrics and gynaecology is often a lifelong relationship as you look after women before they are pregnant, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy.
Over many years you develop great friendships with your patients and with their entire families.
I've seen that often during pregnancies and particularly first pregnancies, people are often doing other financially stressful things.
They are in the time of their life where they are dealing with mortgages, moving, renovations, and adding extra rooms and all those financial pressures add up.
So to be able to contain their obstetrics costs where they pay absolutely nothing out-of-pocket will be really helpful for the families to plan and not give them any unexpected surprises.
I think it's brilliant."
Katherine says "Obviously the financial relief this gives us as a family makes the memorable week that we have had even more special. We are excited for this new initiative and very grateful for the opportunity."
San Chief Executive Officer Brett Goods says the San is the first private hospital in Australia to offer the no-gap Swaddle San Baby Bundle package saving expectant parents an average of $4000-6000.
"As NSW's largest private and not for profit hospital which has been delivering babies for our community since 1903 the San is committed to delivering world-class care across the entire pregnancy journey.
We are delighted so many of our specialists support this initiative to deliver no-gap obstetric care to HCF members.
We believe this Australian-first initiative will make it even more compelling for families to choose the San as the best place to welcome their newborn baby into the world."