Does anyone know the approx cost of an epidural at Frances Perry hospital?
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03-01-2012 11:28 #1
Epidural cost- Frances Perry (Melb)
03-01-2012 13:05 #2
In general (for all private hospitals) I am pretty sure the cost depends on the Anesthetist on call at the time. I was lucky with my spinal block that the anesthetist that I had didn't charge a gap, so Medicare and private health covered the whole thing.
I would ask your ob the range of charges for anesthetists they use at Frances Perry so you are prepared. When I had stomach surgery, I was given a list of names that the hospital used and what their gap was. Once I knew the date of my surgery, they could tell me who the anesthetist on duty was so I knew how much I was going to have to pay. Of course I didn't have this option with my spinal because I didn't know I was going to need it (emergency c-section).
Hope that helps, until someone who has been to Frances Perry can shed some light!
04-01-2012 07:09 #3Senior Member
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I asked my OB yesterday and she said it ranges and they didn't want to give me an estimate. But I have thought of just asking if they charge a gap when I need them. Surely if you are need of a epi and you are in pain they might just do it for no gap!
I might have to have c-section now so guess I will know sooner. So I will let you know if I find out.
04-01-2012 08:18 #4
I have just had an epi at Frances Perry and wasn't charged a cent as he didn't charge above the Gap with my insurer.
However my sister was charged $500 at same hospital because her private cover wasn't as high/aneathesist charged above Gap. She didn't get the bill for a few months either so it was a shock to her.
All depends on your level of cover and what aneathasist is on duty at the time.
04-01-2012 09:52 #5
An anaesthetist might also charge different amounts depending on when they've been called out. I know where I live it can cost more on weekends then during business hours, and some even charge extra for call outs on cold winter nights! I think the best thing to do is be prepared for a gap and if there isn't one that's a bonus.
And, if you do need one, you won't be thinking about the cost! Good luck
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