Private vs. Public hospital for pregnancy checkups
My wife has recently discovered that she's pregnant, and we are looking for a good OBGYN to follow-up with.
We started with the public hospital at Etterbeek - Ixelles of the Hôpitaux Iris Sud system, which is quite close and had been reliable for our previous health needs.
However, this time when we went we realized the hospital had only one blood-draw area which was used to BOTH general patients AND asymptomatic COVID-19 tests. In addition, the doctor we visited seemed to have a bit of trouble communicating in English--she was polite and professional, but had trouble delivering lifestyle and dietary advice or answering our questions, which was an issue since this will be our first baby.
This and the COVID situation prompted us to look into the Chirec Delta hospital which is also nearby. My wife does not have hospitalization insurance (she'd actually had it for years, but forgot to pay this year amidst the COVID confusion!), and from what we hear hospitalization costs for natural delivery are in the range of EUR 500 per night of stay, after deduction of 100% of the public costs. We are looking for more concrete information about the experience and costs there, to base our decision on whether or not to transfer.
If anyone has had experiences there, it would be great to hear what it was like!
An excited father-to-be.