The Hospital advises…
After 1 December 2021, patients must have held obstetrics cover exclusively with HCF for 12 months prior to their baby’s birth to qualify for the Swaddle program.
Previously, patients have been able to switch from a different health fund into HCF during their pregnancy to join the Swaddle program, as long as they have served their 12 month waiting period by their baby’s birth date. This particular circumstance will no longer be possible after 1 December 2021, however, all other eligibility requirements remain the same.
All patients who have already been accepted into the Swaddle program and are booked in prior to 1 December 2021 will still be eligible.
Where medically appropriate, we strongly encourage Obstetricians to ensure their patients are booked in prior to this change. For example, a patient may have switched from another health fund whilst pregnant in order to join Swaddle; if this patient isn’t booked in by 1 December, they will be ineligible to join Swaddle.”