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    Hi Ladies - Im hoping people here will be able to help?

    Hubby is Australian and we emigrated to Oz about 3 weeks ago. I have full medicare (Private insurance wont cover bump and i am 32+4 weeks)

    I have had both a midwife and doctors appointment at my maternity hospital so far (one to register in person and the other a check up after flying so late in pregnancy)

    Im really struggling to figure out actual medicare costs though.

    I havent been asked to pay for either of the first 2 appointments - will I be billed later?

    What about the cost of actually having the baby? Will we get a bill before I leave hospital?

    The doctor recommended full hospital instead of shared care given that I am so far gone and only having a couple pre-baby appointments left.

    I looked at the medicare website and MBS online but cant make any sense of it.

    Can anyone assist?

    Thanks,

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    you are going to a public hospital yeah?

    I didnt go public so I am not sure, but I think the fees are pretty minimal. Most of your costs should be covered by medicare.

    Wait for someone who knows though ...

    Best wishes for bubs

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    If you have Medicare and are going public you should not have any costs.

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    I went public (shared care). Once I started hospital appointments it was all fully covered through Medicare.

    The only costs I had were earlier in the pregnancy for some scans/blood tests and GP appointments. Since you are past all those, and are on full Medicare, I'm pretty sure there will be no cost to you (assuming you are going to a public hospital - not private).

    Best wishes!

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    All appointments and scans are covered by Medicare you don't have to pay for anything if it's done through public. At 32 + weeks you won't need any other scans other than regular check ups and it's all free.

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    Anything done in a public hospital is free on medicare.

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    Wow we are only one day apart!

    Confirming - Medicare + public hospital = all free (paid for by the government)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubster View Post
    All appointments and scans are covered by Medicare you don't have to pay for anything if it's done through public. At 32 + weeks you won't need any other scans other than regular check ups and it's all free.
    Not all scans are covered by medicare, in all instances I've had to pay upfront and got a portion payed back from medicare. I do believe some places bulk bill scans though, but not all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarity View Post
    Not all scans are covered by medicare, in all instances I've had to pay upfront and got a portion payed back from medicare. I do believe some places bulk bill scans though, but not all.
    If you go to a clinic, yes, but if they do the scans in the radiology dept at the public hospital then they are free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattereds View Post
    If you go to a clinic, yes, but if they do the scans in the radiology dept at the public hospital then they are free
    Ah yep, I never had that option here in Perth, always had to go to clinics. The only time I had scans through the hospital was when they suspected something was wrong.


 

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