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    Question Can someone please explain this----speech therapists' charges

    I need to take DD2 to see a speech therapist and I was totally shocked when I called up to check their charges. This is the same one I took DD1 to when she was younger. They said 220$ for the initial consultation followed by 200$ hourly charge for meetings thereafter (you pay according to how long the meeting is, usually 30-45 mins.)I was in shock after I hung up. Their fees have risen way above what I paid around 2 years ago.
    So a speech therapist with a Bachelor degree earns this much and DH who has 15 years experience in IT and 2 Masters degrees earns 80$ an hour?!? Guess speech therapists are scarce and this pushes up their pay?

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    Not sure about the follow up consultations, but the initial assessment may include a written report which would increase the fees....

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    Is your DD eligible for an enhanced care plan? That would mean you can claim some sessions through Medicare.

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    But that isn't what they 'earn', it is what they charge. Costs such as overheads, insurance, utilities, staff pay etc has to be taken out of that. For hours worked and fees charged, clinicians still make a nice salary but it does not equate to $200 per hour (unless they are consulting with no personal or business overheads). They also would need a minimum 4yr degree and experience to be earning that money.

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    We had speech therapy at the beginning of this year, paid $95 for consultation - about 45min and report then $70 for subsequent visits - about 45 minutes

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    Are there any others in the area? That does seem pretty expensive. The first appointment will be expensive wherever you go, as it will consist of an assessment to review language development and identify areas to improve on. But follow up sessions around here are between $60-$80 each.

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    That sounds about right. Have you checked if you get anything back from medicare or PHI?

    I think that speech pathology is a fairly specialised field so they have earned the right to charge for their services. Speech pathology vs IT is chalk vs cheese. Totally different business models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummaOJ View Post
    But that isn't what they 'earn', it is what they charge. Costs such as overheads, insurance, utilities, staff pay etc has to be taken out of that. For hours worked and fees charged, clinicians still make a nice salary but it does not equate to $200 per hour (unless they are consulting with no personal or business overheads). They also would need a minimum 4yr degree and experience to be earning that money.
    Also rent for office space

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    Can you access a community health centre? We've been seeing a speech path for my ds they have tiered fees depending on income. Low income is about $8 per session, middle income $14, and high income jumps to $96. We were lucky I was on unpaid mat leave so our income was moderate and we are paying very little. There wasn't too much of a wait but depending on the area/clinic there may be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ElectricPink~ View Post
    Are there any others in the area? That does seem pretty expensive. The first appointment will be expensive wherever you go, as it will consist of an assessment to review language development and identify areas to improve on. But follow up sessions around here are between $60-$80 each.
    I'm reluctant to try anyone else due to not-so-satisfactory experience with DD1 with another therapist. They were not properly qualified I think and didn't assess accurately. I'd rather go back to the same one where I was happy. Off to budget for this one


 

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