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  • If you plan to go into hospital, it usually involves a doctor or specialist giving you a referral.
  • Urgent (‘unplanned’) admission to hospital involves a sudden health issue that needs you to go to an emergency department or call an ambulance.
  • When you get to a public hospital, you will be asked whether you would like to be a public patient or a private patient.
  • Ask your doctor about your options so you can make the right choices.

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Reviewed on: 02-06-2023