LittleDove,I have no idea how it all works either.. Maybe because we're going through the public hospital system, not seeing a private FS? When my GP first discussed a FS with us, she said that we can use a private or public FS and gave me some numbers for both. I went with the public system as the wait time was only a couple of weeks more than the private FS. We went in having no idea how much anything would cost, apart from the knowledge that the consultation was completely covered by Medicare while the FS visit would have been $200+ and then we could claim some back on Medicare. When I was on the Clomid, I was paying for my prescriptions through the pharmacy of my choice but the FS visits, injections, scans and bloods have never been charged to us. I did have to go to a different department for a more in depth scan once which I had to pay $98 for but I got $85 back from Medicare for that.
Do you girls have your actual FS carry out all the scans and bloods? I've only had a few consultations with the actual FS and everything, including the IUI is carried out by the nurses. They consult with a Dr after every scan/blood test and a Dr decides whether my dose should change/when to give the trigger shot etc etc but it's the nurses that I talk to all the time. This doesn't bother me though, in fact I think I prefer it as the nurses are all so lovely and they really do know what they're doing. They can usually predict from my scan what the Dr will advise to do, but of course that depends on my blood results so the protocol for me is to call back after 2pm so they can let me know what to do after the Dr has had a chance to review both the scan and bloods.