Hi all, anyone using Neocate etc .. Be warned.. Went to the pediatrician today and medicare/PBS have made some changes as of July this year.. Paediatricians now cannot prescribe elemental formulas. Children must be seen by a paediatric specialist such as a gastroenterologist to be prescribed. Not happy. The one we are being referred to is at Westmead Children's hosp and is over an hour away. Not to mention cost etc which I haven't delved into.. I wonder if they charge or if it's because it's a public hospital there will be no fee? That aside, I can't just go into our local paediatrician anymore which is yet another thing to juggle.
I called Medicare and the PBS info line today. Was not given a reason however they confirmed it was true. I understand it may be needed for those specialists who dole it out without substantiating the need but in our case it's genuine and confirmed.