Your quote:
No Hospital + No Extras
Bundle product

Hospital Substitute Programs

Stay out of hospital and recover sooner.

UH Hospital Substitution Program Web.png

How does it work?

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

At Union Health 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. Union Health is not involved in any clinical assessment, for more information speak to our team.


  • If you have one of our hospital policies that include joint replacement cover and have served your 12-month waiting period, you may be eligible for no out-of-pocket costs* with Short Stay Joint Replacement Program.

  • Personalised pre-habilitation and early engagement with East Sydney Private Hospital clinical team, focuses on preparing patients physically and mentally for surgery. 

  • On the same day as surgery, patients may be up and walking with the support of physiotherapy and nursing staff.

  • The rapid recovery program is founded on cross-collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team; this includes orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists and nursing staff who are involved in a patient’s pre and post-surgery care.

  • Early discharge from the hospital means that patients are able to recover in the comfort of their own home within three days after surgery.

  • Supported home recovery package, patients are provided with in-home physiotherapy should their surgeon deem it necessary.

  • Removal of out of pocket costs makes primary joint replacement surgery accessible to more everyday Australians.

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

  • Your health insurance excess for private hospital stay.

To see more frequently asked questions, visit

Review your cover

Thinking about upgrading your cover?

Compare easily online!

Access Gap Cover

We pay more, so you pay less!

Find a participating specialist near you.