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Characteristics and birth outcomes of public and private patients in NSW
Previous studies have found that patient status (private or public) and whether a woman has private health insurance are important predictors of maternal hospital costs (covered in A254B, William (2016)). This study delves deeper into the differences between private and public patients to explain why these factors contribute significantly to cost. We will consider various characteristics of women including demographics, health behaviours and mental / physical health as well as health services used during the perinatal period. We will also analyse the impact the two care pathways have on perinatal outcomes (including adverse births).

Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Jananie William
Dr Bronwyn Loong
Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Catherine Chojenta