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    Congrats sunshinebell and taylormade how exciting to be in the second trimester... I can't wait until my 12wk scan, still 4 weeks away

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    Ummmmmm.... I know it's early days, but I went ahead and booked an obstetrician because I heard that if you wait you can miss out. Anyhoo, today I got a letter outlining the fees...the appointment at 20 weeks costs $3000!!!! (Medicare covers $250).... Three thousand dollars... Is that normal????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilbara View Post
    Ummmmmm.... I know it's early days, but I went ahead and booked an obstetrician because I heard that if you wait you can miss out. Anyhoo, today I got a letter outlining the fees...the appointment at 20 weeks costs $3000!!!! (Medicare covers $250).... Three thousand dollars... Is that normal????
    Yes that is fairly standard for a private ob in Perth. I just had a baby and my "planning and management fee" which was paid at the 20 week appointment was $2800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilbara View Post
    Ummmmmm.... I know it's early days, but I went ahead and booked an obstetrician because I heard that if you wait you can miss out. Anyhoo, today I got a letter outlining the fees...the appointment at 20 weeks costs $3000!!!! (Medicare covers $250).... Three thousand dollars... Is that normal????
    Holy frick! That seems like a lot, though this is my first so I'd have no idea anyway.. kind of glad I'm going public - have been bulk billed for everything so far! Though it's probably worth it if you have your heart set on a certain ob or hospital.. I'm not too fussed, when I need to see a GP I just book whoever is available at the time I want an appointment, I couldn't care less about seeing someone different every time. I might feel differently if I were high risk though.

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    Ouch! Thanks Tebe and taylormade...I went to the family birth centre for my DD, so it cost me nothing, but this pregnancy is from IVF so I thought it might be good to have my fertility specialist as my OB... I am now revisiting that decision!

    teBe - congratulations! ...and did you think it was worth the money to have your chosen OB?

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    Yes I do think it is worth it to have a private ob. I had heard from a few people who went public and I much preferred the idea of being under the care of my own ob throughout the pregnancy and birth. I also wanted to birth at sjog rather than a public hospital.

    I believe a private ob is expensive but worth it.

    I returned to sjog today to meet with a lactation consultant to help me with a few BF issues. She rang and spoke to my ob and together they are going to help me. It was great to be able to continue receiving support at the same hospital with the same specialist.

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    I don't think I understand the value of an OB unless your having a high risk pregnancy? Or there are complications with the delivery (whereby you get one at a public hospital anyway). Is anyone able to explain?

    I have one, only because I want to deliver at a private hospital. My understanding is that there is a good chance my OB wont even be there for the birth? I'm seriously hoping for the most natural birth possible (depending on circumstances!) and when I mentioned this to my OB, they said 'best not to have too firm ideas'. Not impressed.

    I know their CSect rates are high because they treat high risk patients but I also feel like there could be an element of convenience involved?

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    That was probably taking the conversation off topic, sorry! I am genuinely interested in understanding more about the value of an OB though?

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    Please stay on this subject!!!

    Only last night both dh and I googled our hearts out. We don't have private health cover and were always happy to pay all out of pocket for ivf then go public for thebirth.

    Due to my uterus we had it confirmed at the scan and fs appointment Wednesday that I am high risk, so clinic will do a letter up for king eddie hosp (but nurse said they are turning plenty of referrals away, in that case I will try Kayleea. )

    Now we're also investigating do we pay full expense and do private birth?
    After much research we are thinking no. King Eddie is where bub will end up if premmie (very high chance) anyway.

    Secondly we're thinking we missed the window for private this time but do we take health cover out to have for after bub is born and down the track.?? If so do uou get couple or family straight up now when quoting.?


    Upon more resesrch I discovered most pre birth expenses aren't covered by phi anyway.
    Obs, scans ... & I nearly died seeing the obs 20wk plan/mang fees are upto about $4 (from memory) and then the birth delivery is that $4k and a bit more again ... ontop of all the monthly consultations.

    If I paid health cover I'd expect that to be covered. You'd do want to be checking the fine print of policies thoroughly as seems quite complicated.

    So closed the ipad completely confused in the end ...
    Please continue to share your experiences and shed some light.... we're in great need of it too!


    And once we finish this topic I'll share the story of how our ob/fs completely treated us like crap wed. He made another appt wed arvo and the receptioist rang to say he said that we'd need to change ours. (Wasnt an emergency either just a meeting...Was so ****ed at him the receptionists told me often does it if doesnt suit him. She said he didnt care either that we'd moved it for dh fifo to be there). The receptionists went out of there way for us... and if it wasnt for them we would have lost it completely. Would have understood if he had an emerg birth to attend.
    we made a complaint through the receptionist to the director of pivet and another lovely fs stayed back to see us. Oyr 12wk appt is now made with new fs and Dr Rowl...g can buggar off!
    That made our mind up too as we were considering paying for private ob care that would I pay him out of pocket through pregnancy but why woulf you when treated like just a number. Probably get just a good care going public.

    Oopsy ranting!!!! Lol


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    Private Health only covers hospital stay Sunshinebell. Medicare does cover a (very) small portion of fees along the way though. And I think you get maybe a few hundred off your OB Management Fee from Medicare if you've reached a certain amount.

    Of course, you may want family Private Health cover anyway for care after birth?

    I am only going private so that I can have my own room & can stay for up to 5 days. Otherwise I would happily go public & save thousands $. With private, you have to have an OB. I believe you can go 'private patient in a public hospital' but some hospitals can't guarantee you will actually get your own room. I could be wrong, feel free to correct?

    I am actually looking into a doula in order to get the kind of birth I (think I) want, but that is another expense on top!


 

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