+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    2,676
    Thanks
    1,055
    Thanked
    884
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Medicare rebates for private midwife

    I am having to consider a private midwife in order to get continuity of care with my 3rd pregnancy, because my local birth centre won't accept me as a second time VBAC (first baby was c-section, second baby was VBAC in another birth centre).

    I heard that I can access a private midwives and get medicare rebates for this. I would love to do this if I can afford it.

    Does anyone know how much this would cost? I don't have a health care card and haven't reached the medicare safety net. So just normal rebates.

    My other options are hiring a doula (again, dont know how expensive this is), or having a student midwife follow me.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    237
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    80
    Reviews
    0
    Hi Bond Girl,
    This is an interesting thought - I found this resource:
    http://www.K-i-d-s-p-o-t.com.au/familyhealth/Pregnancy-Health-Midwives-and-the-new-Medicare-rebate+3891+184+article.htm

    (remove the dashes..)

    which would suggest it is possible to get rebates.
    Might be worth ringing or visiting your local medicare to ask them in person though.
    I however have to vouch for a student midwife (being one myself!) If you are located in Melbourne please feel free to PM me for some more info.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    2,676
    Thanks
    1,055
    Thanked
    884
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I'm on the Gold Coast, but thank you.

    I actually ended up searching the item numbers for private midwives that I found on:
    http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ma...se-pract-qanda

    via the medicare benefits schedule website, and got info on all the rebates.

    It shouldn't actually end up costing me that much, just a few hundred dollars. Less than $500 if I'm lucky. Just depends how many appointments I have really.

    I've got an appointment in a couple of weeks with a local private midwife practice, and will ask for info on how many of each item number they typically use per pregnancy. So I can calculate more accurately.

    But it looks promising.

  4. #4
    AdornedWithCats's Avatar
    AdornedWithCats is online now Winner 2013 - Spirit of BubHub Award
    Winner 2014 - Best Username

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    8,286
    Thanks
    7,471
    Thanked
    3,776
    Reviews
    17
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week - week ended 12/6/15Funniest Caption400 Posts in a week300 posts in a week
    I had a homebirth with two private midwives. The cost for appts will vary by midwife but mine were $90 (at their house) or $120 (at my house). From memory I got about 40-50% back for antenatal appts and 50-60% back for postnatal appts. I can't quite remember though exactly.

    I had about 10 antenatal appts and 6 postnatal appts (to 6 weeks pp).

    Eta. My middies also had an "on call fee" and a "birth fee". Each in the range of $800-900. You can't claim this back on medicare i believe but may be able to claim some back through phi depending on company/policy.
    Last edited by AdornedWithCats; 28-05-2015 at 14:25.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to AdornedWithCats For This Useful Post:

    Bond Girl  (28-05-2015)

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    11
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Hi Bond Girl, You will need a referral from a GP obstetrician . Just double check with your midwife but you will def be able to get the medicare rebate for your appointments.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Phi and Medicare
    By maternidade in forum General Health
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-02-2015, 10:15
  2. Medicare cards
    By tea&toast in forum General Chat
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 13-01-2015, 21:02
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 16-06-2014, 16:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Little Kickers NSWLittle Kickers was launched in 2002 in the UK and arrived Down Under in 2009. Our motto is “Play not Push” and we ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
❤Joyous June/July TTC!❤Conception & Fertility General Chat
Floppy newbornDevelopment Stages
Any idea about parental leaveMaternity & Parental Leave
Montessori preschool - yes or no?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
IVF Babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 #2pregnancy and babies through IVF
Advice! BFP or BFN?Pregnancy Tests & Help / Support with Results
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›