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Preferred Accommodations for Obstetrical Patients – Frequently Asked Questions

What is preferred accommodation?

If you stay as an inpatient at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, you can request your preference of one of three types of patient rooms:
  • Ward (three or more beds in the room) – Free of charge for OHIP patients
  • Semi-private (two beds in the room) – $325 per day
  • Private (one bed in the room) – $475 per day

All OHIP-insured patients are provided with a ward room free of charge. Private and semi-private room accommodation is optional for patients who wish to have more privacy during their stay.

I would like preferred accommodation during my upcoming delivery. How do I sign up?

Complete the obstetrical preferred accommodation form any time prior to your hospital admission. If you choose private or semi-private room accommodation, a $0.10 non-refundable payment will be charged to your credit card to confirm your choice. Applications completed without payment of the $0.10 deposit will not be considered.

How will I be billed after I am discharged from the hospital?

Within one week of your discharge, the credit card provided during sign-up (the same one used for the $0.10 non-refundable payment) will be automatically charged for the full amount of any outstanding preferred accommodation charges.

What types of credit cards are accepted?

Sunnybrook accepts Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, Visa Debit and Mastercard debit.

I don’t have a credit card. What can I do?

Please contact to arrange a pre-payment option.

I have third party insurance for preferred accommodation. Can you bill my insurance?

Sunnybrook no longer bills third party insurance companies for maternity patients. However, a detailed invoice and receipt containing all the information required to file your insurance claim will be emailed to you at the same time as your credit card payment is processed.

What if I sign up for preferred accommodation and change my mind about my preference?

If you previously signed up for ward accommodation, simply complete a new online form with your updated preference.

If you signed up for a semi-private room or private room, you must contact by email PRIOR to your hospital admission to update your preference. Patients who do not provide notification in writing will be charged for their original choice.

Am I guaranteed to get the room I chose?

We will try our best to give you the room you have requested. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, sometimes the room you request may not be available due to medical or infection control needs.

If you stay in a room that is different from the type of room you requested, you will only be billed for the type of room you actually stay in:

If you request a: And you receive a: You will be billed:
Semi-private or private room Ward room No charge
Semi-private room Semi-private or private room For a semi-private room ($325/day)
Private room Semi-private room For a semi-private room ($325/day)
Private room Private room For a private room ($475/day)

OHIP patients requesting ward rooms will not be charged no matter what room type they are placed in.

Am I billed for accommodation while I am in labour?

No – all patients are provided with a private room while they are in labour. Charges only begin once you have delivered your baby.

What days will I be billed for?

You will be billed starting and including the day that you deliver your baby regardless of the delivery time. All subsequent days you spend in the hospital will also be billed except for your date of discharge.

What if I have other questions?

Questions not addressed above can be directed to

Please note: If you are admitted to the High Risk Obstetrics Unit a representative will visit you to discuss your room request. Billing for high risk units is separate from the process described above.