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    First of all, apologise if this sounds inappropriate for asking about paed consultation fees in this forum (are we allowed to discuss fees here?). I've just booked for a developmental paed for DS in the next couple of weeks, but so surprised that the fee is reasonably high (as much as I'd pay rent for a week, though i'd get half back from medicare). I don't know whether I was hearing it right when the lady quoted it. I felt like ringing back and postponing the appointment as I'm quite tight on budget in the next two weeks (rent's due, school fees for books, etc for this term is due) and I have not heard anything about my centrelink payment that I applied 2 weeks ago! Seeing that it's unusual to see a paed these days, I thought the fee would be reasonable. I even asked this casually with my GP whether the fee would be so high, he said no it should be reasonable enough.

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    You more than likely heard correctly - I can't remember what DS's paed charges exactly, but I think it's well over $200 (closer to $300).

    Last year we'd reached the medicare safety net by the time we had our appointment, so we got a fair bit back.

    Initial consultations with specialists are usually quite costly (I saw a neurologist myself last year and it was shockingly expensive).

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    Also initial consults can be more than subsequent. But yes, they are a specialist so are expensive.

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    I got charged $1500 for the paed's consults in the hospital when I had my baby, got back $500 from Medicare.
    The stand alone consults we now go to are about $200 and we get back about half, and this billed as a consult less than 20 minutes. Specialists are expensive

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    Our paeds bulk bill, as long as you have a referral with reason they consider adequate enough to warrant an appointment.
    I thought that would be standard everywhere 😕

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    I paid $320 for an initial paeds appointment where we live, I can't remember how much we got back but I'm surprised any of them bulk bill.

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    In my next life I am coming back as a paediatrician!! Got hit with a nasty bill(s) after the birth of DS2 (private) for the pead attendance at the birth (approx $400) plus the next day follow up (all of 5 mins, $150) and another (for another 5 mins) $150 before discharge. We have our 6 week follow up soon and I dread to think what that appointment will cost.

    I know we can get some back on Medicare (yet to pay the invoices), but being the start of the year we haven't hit threshold so it won't be a great deal.

    Our pead sends invoices with a month to pay so maybe you can negotiate payment terms to make it more affordable?

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    We got a referral to a paed at our local public hospital, costs us nothing.

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    we're off to see one next week for ds's 6 week check up and vax. it's $350 for a private consult, if I'd got a referral from gp I'd get $120 back from Medicare. I couldn't be stuffed going to go first so I'm just doing a private consult. they're definitely but cheap!!

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    We just saw a paed for our almost 3 year old and it was first appointment so about 40 mins and was $480, I think though we got about $200 back from medicare.


 

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