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    Default Cost of Mirena?

    Just wondering if anyone could tell me if you get money back from medicare when you have a Mirena inserted? I've been told today that it'll cost $180 Wasn't told this before and wasn't expecting it.

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    Wow, that is a bit pricey? It only cost me $30. I didnt have an aneasthetic and I went public.

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    That's what I thought. Apparently, I'll have to have the aneasthetic - but I am going public. Don't know why it is so much!

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    I haven't personally had one but I was told by the outpatient Family Planning docs at the hospital where I had my baby that it would be $1 in QLD medicare card pays the rest.

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    Hi,
    You dont have to have a GA and they cant make you. The device only cost $30 and the insertion is covered by the hospital on medicare. I had it put in with out a GA or local and they said to come in when your periods had started as the Cervix is a little softer then to dilate, It was uncomfortable but after Labour it was like poping a pimple IYkWIM and it only takes about 10 min and I drove home. They did suggested I take some panadol before comming in but I didnt as I dont like paracetamol and I was fine, no cramps or anything.

    Are you going to a private OBS/GYNAE? If so they will charge you for the pleasure of their company.

    To go public you only need a referal and a script from your GP to the local public GYNAE specialist Out patients, the script is for the Mirena and ring around pharmacies to get a good price.

    Good luck

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    Sorry I just re-read and you said you are going public? You shouldnt have to pay for it then at all, besides the mirena as it is a drug and they make you buy that. Which hospital are you going to?

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    I have also read what Goosie said and she is correct. The actual product itself is on a script so the gov clinic will see you first one week (to agree that you understand the risks etc etc), give you the script and you take this to a chemist yourself to get it, I think it is about $30 for this but yes $180 if you don't have a medicare card. Some people are from overseas on temp visas etc so they have to pay this full cost. The clinic would have given you another appointment for the following week and that is when they insert it. I have had this one, (sorry i was getting confused with the arm insertion thing) and it hardly hurts, just uncomfortable. The Dr. will actually put some painkiller jell stuff on your cervix to numb it first.(standard practice). Buy some pantyliners to use cause you may bleed a bit and you are not allowed to use tampons.

    Good luck.

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    Hi

    I agree with the other posters, I have just had one done at my gp's. I bought the mirena which was $29 plus $16 for an antibiotic as my gp wanted me to take one ab and one naprogesic half an hour before it was done.

    Didn't hurt but had a cramping feeling when she put in mirena.

    If you have a good gp you might be able to get it done there.


 

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