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    Quote Originally Posted by LifeInShadesOfGrey View Post
    I'm not sure why, I know a few people who had bulk billed scans at their local hospital but I had to pay $180-$235 per scan.

    What made it worse is I had to have about 7 scans because of concerns so it was quite costly.


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    I'm in the same boat!! Our 18-20 wk will be our six scan this pregnancy.

    I just did some ringing around and found prices anywhere from $360 to $125.
    All with the same rebates from Medicare of $90.

    I rebooked into exact radiology for $125. And will be cancelling with qscan who wanted to charge is $215.
    We had all our prev scans done there for $140 a pop. Seems crazy that one place can do a morphology scan for less than another can have a look at a 6week old dot on the screen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    My bloods for the NT were free, oddly enough.
    Mine weren't! $165 for mine but with previous pregnancies they were free ...

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    I'm in QLD and have never had any scans bulk billed :-( my morph scan is coming up in a few weeks and that will be costing us $360.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twoalready View Post
    Mine weren't! $165 for mine but with previous pregnancies they were free ...
    How weird! I remember when I had DS 8yrs ago everything was free...I was a bit shocked when I found out the NT scan would cost me this time and then more shocked to find out the anatomy scan would cost too.

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    The NT scan isn't considered 'routine' so most places charge to do it now.
    With DS1 & 2 I didn't pay for anything. DS3 I paid for the NT scan and that's it.


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    I was told with the NT scan that if your under 30 or it might have even been 35 that you were considered low risk therefor it wasn't bulk billed at most places. I dont know how much is costs though cos ive never had it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJJM View Post
    I'm in QLD and have never had any scans bulk billed :-( my morph scan is coming up in a few weeks and that will be costing us $360.
    It's definitely worth ringing around for a better price!

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    Ok here's the deal (and assuming you are talking private radiology practices rather than a public hospital)

    They are private businesses. For each ultrasound they get Medicare plus the gap whatever that may be. Medicare rebates are pathetic so most places need to charge on top of that to stay afloat (pay for the doctor, sonographer, receptionist, machines etc).
    Basically if they bulk bill they are cutting costs somewhere. The place may be in a cheap area so rent less, they would probably pay the sonographer and doctor less, plus they would spend less time doing and assessing each scan.

    You get what you pay for guys. I'd be very reticent to go to a bill billing place if you can afford the gap at a good specialist place.

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    Ie you are going to get the best doctors, machines and sonographers at the places where they will be paid more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    How weird! I remember when I had DS 8yrs ago everything was free...I was a bit shocked when I found out the NT scan would cost me this time and then more shocked to find out the anatomy scan would cost too.
    I think all the regulations have changed. Now they can charge seemingly whatever they want and we only get back what Medicare decides is reasonable. I didn't pay for a single scan with DS 6yrs ago. We did shared care and went public and I didn't spend a cent on healthcare unless u count having to pay to watch foxtel in my room?


 

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