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    Quote Originally Posted by freddi View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I felt the need to make an account on this site, as I'm a receptionist working in a radiology clinic. There are practically no sites that will bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds, the reason for this being the time it takes to perform the examination takes between 30minutes for an allocated slot, up to 40 minutes. That meant when we used to bulk bill pregancy ultrasounds, we would in fact lose money due to the amount of time spent doing them.

    I have dealt with a lot of angry parents who become frustrated at the concept of forking out $150 for a dating scan, $150 for a nuchal transluceny scan, and $180 for a morphology scan. I understand that it's a lot of money, however if you're prepared to have a child, you should be prepared to pay a lot more than that to bring it into this world.

    As for sonographers, I come from a family of sonographers, they are not rude on a whole. But you have to understand, just by performing your examination they run the risk of being easily sued if they make even the simplest of errors. Consequently, many sonographers will ask that you leave your family in the waiting room until the majority of the examination is over, and then (from what I experience at my clinic) they'll be allowed to enter and see the scan for themselves.

    Your children may not have been in the way, but the rooms in which they scan are fairly small, and the fewer people present, the easier the exam.

    By all means you should report abusive sonographers, there are appropriate methods of conduct, and if they're not complying then that's when alarm bells should start ringing.

    However assist the sonographer, instead of insisting to bring in your entire family to view the scanning, check with them first. A note: do your preparation correctly, so many women come without having consumed enough water, it sets everyone back and costs time and money. You should have a full bladder when you come into the clinic.

    Anyway, all the best with your pregnancies, if you can find a bulk billing service for pregnancy ultrasounds then make use of it before it switches to private payments too.

    Also - places should bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds when the foetus is too small to properly measure anything! You will have to come back at a ;ater date but you shouldn't be charged for an inconclusive examination.

    All the best.
    Sorry completely disagree we pay taxes so our health needs are covered we shouldn't have to pay for scans etc up front and get a pittance back. Just because I choose to have a child doesn't mean I have money to throw around on scans that should be covered by the Australian government which I have done my duty and handed over my wages for them to squander on crap

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    There are some that do bulk bill, in brisbane we have Exact Radiology and the only ones they don't bulk bill is the NT scan and Morphology scan (18-20weeks) and if you have any medical conditions that you may have a high risk pregnancy then they will bulk bill the NT scan, also the Morphology one used to be bulk billed but was removed in Jan this year due to how long the scan takes to do. Hopefully you can find one where you are

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    My 12 week scan was bulk billed except for the NT scan, which I paid $120 and got half back from Medicare. I'm yet to did out if I will be bulk billed for the 5 month scan.


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    Is mount Waverley near you? Thanks not true re:no one bulk billing pregnancy scans. My work does

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddi View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I felt the need to make an account on this site, as I'm a receptionist working in a radiology clinic. There are practically no sites that will bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds, the reason for this being the time it takes to perform the examination takes between 30minutes for an allocated slot, up to 40 minutes. That meant when we used to bulk bill pregancy ultrasounds, we would in fact lose money due to the amount of time spent doing them.

    I have dealt with a lot of angry parents who become frustrated at the concept of forking out $150 for a dating scan, $150 for a nuchal transluceny scan, and $180 for a morphology scan. I understand that it's a lot of money, however if you're prepared to have a child, you should be prepared to pay a lot more than that to bring it into this world.

    As for sonographers, I come from a family of sonographers, they are not rude on a whole. But you have to understand, just by performing your examination they run the risk of being easily sued if they make even the simplest of errors. Consequently, many sonographers will ask that you leave your family in the waiting room until the majority of the examination is over, and then (from what I experience at my clinic) they'll be allowed to enter and see the scan for themselves.

    Your children may not have been in the way, but the rooms in which they scan are fairly small, and the fewer people present, the easier the exam.

    By all means you should report abusive sonographers, there are appropriate methods of conduct, and if they're not complying then that's when alarm bells should start ringing.

    However assist the sonographer, instead of insisting to bring in your entire family to view the scanning, check with them first. A note: do your preparation correctly, so many women come without having consumed enough water, it sets everyone back and costs time and money. You should have a full bladder when you come into the clinic.

    Anyway, all the best with your pregnancies, if you can find a bulk billing service for pregnancy ultrasounds then make use of it before it switches to private payments too.

    Also - places should bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds when the foetus is too small to properly measure anything! You will have to come back at a ;ater date but you shouldn't be charged for an inconclusive examination.

    All the best.
    I'm not sure which company you work for but that's a pretty broad statement that NO ONE bulk bills for pregnancy scans. I work in radiology admin and our company bulk bills all pregnancy scans. The only time it's not bulk billed is if it's a repeat scan and it's not covered by Medicare.

    Also all ultrasounds take time? It's got nothing to do with taking up their time. They're paid to perform a service.

    I also think you should let the company ladies are booked into tell them how THEIR site runs. Every practice is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddi View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I felt the need to make an account on this site, as I'm a receptionist working in a radiology clinic. There are practically no sites that will bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds, the reason for this being the time it takes to perform the examination takes between 30minutes for an allocated slot, up to 40 minutes. That meant when we used to bulk bill pregancy ultrasounds, we would in fact lose money due to the amount of time spent doing them.

    I have dealt with a lot of angry parents who become frustrated at the concept of forking out $150 for a dating scan, $150 for a nuchal transluceny scan, and $180 for a morphology scan. I understand that it's a lot of money, however if you're prepared to have a child, you should be prepared to pay a lot more than that to bring it into this world.

    As for sonographers, I come from a family of sonographers, they are not rude on a whole. But you have to understand, just by performing your examination they run the risk of being easily sued if they make even the simplest of errors. Consequently, many sonographers will ask that you leave your family in the waiting room until the majority of the examination is over, and then (from what I experience at my clinic) they'll be allowed to enter and see the scan for themselves.

    Your children may not have been in the way, but the rooms in which they scan are fairly small, and the fewer people present, the easier the exam.

    By all means you should report abusive sonographers, there are appropriate methods of conduct, and if they're not complying then that's when alarm bells should start ringing.

    However assist the sonographer, instead of insisting to bring in your entire family to view the scanning, check with them first. A note: do your preparation correctly, so many women come without having consumed enough water, it sets everyone back and costs time and money. You should have a full bladder when you come into the clinic.

    Anyway, all the best with your pregnancies, if you can find a bulk billing service for pregnancy ultrasounds then make use of it before it switches to private payments too.

    Also - places should bulk bill pregnancy ultrasounds when the foetus is too small to properly measure anything! You will have to come back at a ;ater date but you shouldn't be charged for an inconclusive examination.

    All the best.
    This is a pretty massive generalisation. Every ultra sound I have had I have been asked to empty my bladder so perhaps people should follow their own Dr's orders.

    The ultra sound place where I go are more than happy to have family members in the room.

    As for the comment about preparing for children and you should be prepared for payments...that's pretty insensitive. I spent over $1,000 in scans because I required so many. Nothing could have ever prepared me for that. Scans are expensive, it's yet another payment we have to fork out.

    Im sure you were trying to be helpful, it just came across a bit insensitive.

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    I had all mine bulk billed. Just ask your doctor to refer you to a bulk billing company.

    Also, I had to get a referral from my GP as well as my OB for some reason. I can't remember why now but there was a reason for Medicare purposes.

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    Im in western suburbs, Melbourne and I have had both my dating and NT scan bulk billed this pregnancy and the rest of my scans will be too.

    There are places around that do bulk bill, you just have to ask around

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    Quote Originally Posted by SH3LL13 View Post
    I know it's been a little while but for anyone wondering I thought I'd update. I just had my ultrasound done at Healthscan Specialist Imaging Narregate in Narre Warren. All bulk billed. They don't provide images on disc, only film (like an x ray). The sonographer let me take a couple of pics on my phone.

    Hi there, are Healthscan Specialist Imaging good for 12 week NT scan? There is one close to where I live. They also bulk bill this 12 week u/s. Some people say I must go to specialist women ultrasound place because they do it regularly and have certified/accredited sonographer to this type of scan. There will be at least $200 out of pocket cost (after medicare rebate). Please suggest. Thanks.

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