I'm 21 and this is all a little new..
Just found out that I am pregnant a little over a week ago, was a bit of a shock as I only went in for recurring thrush :S
Got a bunch of blood tests done inc diabetes screening and a scan to see if I had endometriosis or cysts (both run in my family) since periods are irregular (last period on october 28, and the cycle before was 40days long).
Doc and I was pretty shocked with both results, found out I am hypoglycemic and pregnant. The pelvic scan came up clear, just excessively thick uterine lining (now its obvious cuz of pregnancy) but didnt find any embryo which means either ectopic or too early. (We're hoping just too early)
Ive been told since I am pregnant and hypoglycemic I'm going to have a high risk pregnancy more than likely resulting in diabetes.
So Since I'm high risk, she's told me I will have to have extra scans and tests done and regularly see a diatitian. Now does anyone know how expensive this is? Its my first pregnancy, my Fiance' and I are both excited but at the same time worried because neither of us have much (if any) real money rolling in. Fiance's business is still getting up and running, really slow and I was sacked end of september without any new job opportunities.
I have a dating scan next week to make sure its in the right place/how far along etc. I thought it would be bulk billed like my pelvic and pancrease scan but read somewhere on here that someone paid $150 for it??
Does anyone know how many tests a 'high risk pregnancy' needs to have and how much I will need to pay for this?
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14-12-2011 11:26 #1
High Risk pregnancy???
18-12-2011 09:18 #2
It really depends on where you he the ultrasound done. If you get it done at a place that bulk bills then it will be free. Same as if it is done through the public hospital. If it is done at an imaging centre that does not bulk bill then you will be out of pocket. Usually somewhere between $100-200 each ultrasound after the Medicare rebate. Also, Medicare will only rebate or bulk bill for one ultrasound per trimester, so three all up. Any further ultrasounds will only get related IF they are referred by an obstetrician who is a member of RANZCOG. assuming you will go through the public hospital for your care then it will have to be from an OB there - not a registrar or midwife.
To give an indication I have a high risk pregnancy and have had a bunch of ultrasounds. Some quite expensive.
Dating Scan - referred by gp $90 with a $50 rebate.
Nuchal transluceny scan - referred by gp $200 with a $80 rebate
Morph scan - referred by gp $230 with $90 rebate
repeat morph scan - done at public hospital free
Growth Scan - referred by head OB at hospital - done by a specialist - $250 with a $90 rebate.
Second growth scan - referred by same OB and done by same specialist - $250 with a $170 rebate because we reached the Medicare safety net.
Thats it so far and I am 33+4 weeks.
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18-12-2011 17:39 #3
A high risk pregnancy is just as well managed throught he public system as private. They don't hold anything back and tend to give you the absolute best care no matter what way you choose to go.
I'm diabetic and having my second Australian baby. I have had the most amazing care through the public system both times and don't feel like I'm just a number. It has cost me nothing at all so far apart from medications, testing supplies and suppliments. My diet is fantastic - mostly fresh fruit, veges, meat and wholegrain bread/cereals and I am very healthy with it.
Because I am going through a hospital clinic (in Perth), I have not had to pay for any ultrasounds, specialists or dieticians. I can go to my local hospital for monitoring with the "bigger" checkups being at the main hospital in town.
I have had several ultrasounds (I didn't do the 12 week testing) and have one every time I attend clinic which is now every 2 weeks.
I wish you all the best with your little surprise!
18-12-2011 18:06 #4
I am high risk and I am going public. Everything is free.
18-12-2011 19:52 #5
I am public too but have still had to pay for some ultrasounds to be done as the hospital told me they needed the opinion of the mfm specialist.
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