They accept anyone with a referral, but not sure for how much longer, they are overrun since the word is out about private rooms etc! Know people from Caboolture who have been booked in there.
But, if u have insurance it shouldn't cost 6k to go private, more like 2-2.5 for some Drs I know....gets u an experienced dr and a long stay in hosp if needed, which is imp esp if Bub doesn't feed well. Or if u have a complication, nice to know the dr is experienced....
I thought most of the oby were around the 2.5k mark for 1st time. Even with the most expensive pead costs, anaesthetist fees and appointment costs I don't see where the other 3.5k came from, unless it was from your phi. Sorry if that seems blunt as I think we were out of pocket just under 2k this time, ( some of the oby do a 50% discount for 2nd time. )
I don't count the fees we pay to phi as we would have that level no matter what.
I live in Springwood and got into Redlands no problems as well. This was in 2012 though. They can't do the home visits after you leave though but the do call you to make sure you are going ok. I too had an excellent experience with them, had to have an emergency c-section as well and they were all brilliant. I have just had my second but choose to go private with her, if I didn't have the cover I would of definitely gone back to Redlands with no hesitation. Oh and I just asked my GP and she gave me the referral too.
I've found out that my ob extends a 30% discount for second time, but even with the discount, I calculate it to be $4K.... ?!
C section and within hours (9am).......
Any tips to only outlay $2K would be great, as I'd go private if we could get away with it for that!
Pead we just went GP for 6 week check up
We don't include the difference between lower premium as we prefer the higher cover
Our excess is $250
Pmf after Medicare rebate was around $1000 ( repeat customer discount)
Const were around $60 but Medicare refunded most so it was like $1 out of pocket.
Scans would cost the same public or private
Ways to save: can you pick a no gap anaesthetist? Sorry not sure on that side of things.
I went to the ob for my 6 week check up.....
We do it include the higher premiums as its not a cover we usually have (as in pregnancy cover).
Just had a look at my Medicare claims history after the medicare rebate we paid $2316 for the PMF.
I guess it all depends upon if you exhaust the safety net in the calendar year.
Scans public were $200 for us with DD1, whereas our ob referred us to another provider who were $300 for DD2.
Which fund are you with ? Maybe they cover more ? I'm with BUPA !
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