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Hospital Substitute Programs

Stay out of hospital and recover sooner.

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How does it work?

Stay out of hospital and recover sooner from your illness or operation, from the comfort of your own home.

At TUH we have contracts with a number of providers of programs that provide tailored treatment options. Before or during your hospital stay tell your doctor and nursing staff that you can access our programs.

They’ll assess your situation and advise if the program is medically appropriate for you. With your consent, your doctor or nursing staff will contact a program coordinator (registered nurse), who works closely with you and the hospital to organise the appropriate services. 

Examples of available services:

  • Antibiotic therapy

  • Palliative care

  • Negative pressure therapy

  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation program

  • Respiratory rehabilitation program

  • Cardiac rehabilitation program

  • Reconditioning rehabilitation program

This service is available if you have hospital cover and the hospital treatment or procedure is covered by your policy. A waiting period of two months applies.

The programs are available throughout our participating hospital network. TUH is not involved in any clinical assessment, for more information speak to our team.


  • If you have one of our hospital policies that include pregnancy cover and have served your 12-month waiting period, you’re eligible for zero out-of-pocket costs* with Hatch. 

  • Hatch will provide a no-obligation bulk-billed initial consultation to help you understand the Hatch model of care and decide if it’s right for you. 

  • The program will be offered to you if your pregnancy is screened as low-intermediate risk at the time of booking.

  • Antenatal and postnatal care includes 3-4 obstetrician visits and 10-12 midwife visits.

  • Appointments will be with the same one or two clinicians, although a known obstetrician cannot be offered for the birth.

  • Hatch will happily accept women up until 37 weeks’ gestation, provided eligibility criteria with Hatch is met. All women who see Hatch after 28 weeks’ gestation will be required to pay the pregnancy management fee, regardless of how many appointments they attend, or if the management fee has been paid to another doctor or hospital already. If you are paying the management fee again, you are not entitled to the Medicare rebate.

*Other possible out-of-pocket costs to be aware of:

  • Your health insurance excess for private hospital stay.

  • Private anaesthetist for your birth, if required.

  • Private paediatrician.

  • Ultrasound scans and pathology.

  • Visits to a private hospital maternity assessment unit, if applicable.

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