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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeWithLove View Post
    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!!
    I had my morph scan bulk billed at exact radiology (the Rochedale one) in December 2011. Interesting to hear that they're charging now!

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    NT had to pay for ( private clinic) .. 20 week was free .. At hospital recommended by midwife

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    I beer paid for a single scan for my last pregnancy, now all my friends that are pregnant now tell me their payin 180-250 for each scan they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maria02 View Post
    I had my morph scan bulk billed at exact radiology (the Rochedale one) in December 2011. Interesting to hear that they're charging now!
    Seems a shame but at least they aren't charging insane amounts like some others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    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.
    I personally have never found this with my bulk billed scans, they have always been thorough and accurate. I actually had better scans at my bulk billed place than I did the sizing scan I paid for at 32 weeks.

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    I have never paid for a scan in any of my 9 pregnancies. I had a few for each pregnancy. I have always been happy ( well except my last morph scan but wasn't her fault i had a emergency op 3 days before on belly button). I know that our local bulk bill place was offering 1 million dollar contract for their head Dr only a few years ago. It was front page in the local paper.
    I am in Qld.
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    In Perth the high risk patients and very low income earners are the ones that can have free scans done at the maternity hospital.

    Otherwise private centres that specialise only in obstetric and gynaecological US will charge you. NT should be about $190-$200 (these places always get a medicare rebate of $59) and anatomy around $200-220 (rebate $85).

    Places that have no rebate on the NT scan usually do not have registered NT sonographers in their clinic and usually do a huge range of scans/X-rays.

    If paying for US i would always stick with a specialised centre. You will find if an abnormality is found, they will send you to the high risk section at the nearest maternity hospital or a private centre (specialising in obstetric scans) with very experienced sonographers and fetal medicine specialists for a second opinion. Also the sonographers usually tell you there and then what an issue might be and take you to a room to speak to the dr. So no waiting for results and speaking to your GP/ob.

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    My NT and anatomy scans were done at the same place that didnt charge me for the other scans. I had a specialist sonographer for my NT scan and the same guy did my earlier (free) scans that did my anatomy scan (charged), He was very thorough and even dragged the appointment out as long as possible to try and get the gender when bub wasnt co-operating.
    The screens were great quality and light so you could see everything...I actually found that scanner to be much clearer and better than the one they used on me at the hospital when I had a bleed and went there.

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    That's great then

    The machines at hospital was that in emergency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    I personally have never found this with my bulk billed scans, they have always been thorough and accurate. I actually had better scans at my bulk billed place than I did the sizing scan I paid for at 32 weeks.
    The best scans will be from the public hospitals sonographers. They're the people that are used to scanning high risk pregnancies so are very skilled and know what they're looking at.

    We have massive issues with our private radiology clinics recommending repeat scans for no good reason simply because they want the extra money.

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