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Thread: How much should I budget for?? Re: scans, blood tests

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    Default How much should I budget for?? Re: scans, blood tests

    I am really really confused about the scans, what exactly I have to pay for etc..

    So I paid for the dating scan..

    Do I have to pay for the 10week blood test and the 12w Nuchal scan?

    What other costs am I in for? Before getting pregnant I thought these things would probably be bulk billed.



    Im in Melbourne

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    Are you going private or public A?

    My sister went public and didn't have to pay for anything because it was all done at the hospital she went to.

    I think ultrasounds were the only thing she was out of pocket for.

    When I went private I was out of pocket heaps, nothing was bulk billed.

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    Im going public at MMC

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    I only had t pay for the drs appointment to get the bloods referral and the US referrals (but a Bulk Billing GP won't cost anything)

    As for scans, I think I paid a gap for all mine through private US services - like SKG (not through hosptial)
    All up maybe $300 or so...so not much at all.

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    I went public and had to pay for my scans upfront (at radiology) and then got a certain amount back (this was for the dating, 12week and 20 week scan). I also had to pay for my 12 week bloods (I think $20.00 for [pathology and $150.00 for testing).

    I have now been referred to the midwives by my Dr and do not know if I need any further scans etc or if I will have to pay.

    Oh and I also have to pay $35.00 for the birthing classes.

    Hope this helps

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    It depends where you get your scans done - all of mine are bulk billed except for the 20 weeks scan which costs about $170 and I get $85 back from medicare. There are other X ray clinics here that bulk bill everything and if I got my scans done at the hospital where I am giving birth then they would also bulk bill it all.

    As long as I have signed the pathologists form, I have never been charged for blood tests or any pathology tests that I have needed done. I did forget to sign the pathology form for one of them and they sent me a bill in the mail (it was about $45) and I was reimbursed the whole lot by medicare. Alternatively, you can forward the bill onto medicare and they will send you a cheque made out to the pathology lab where your tests were done and you just take the cheque in to pay for it.

    ETA: I did share care with my GP so I had to pay my GP bill (as per usual - so I was out of pocket about $30 per visit) until I switched to the midwifery care program run by the hospital. Instead of seeing my GP every 4 weeks and then every 2, I saw the midwives instead. This was also free. The birthing classes run by the public hospital were also free. I guess it just depends on your local hospital and GP. If you don't want to pay for scans, ask your GP if they can refer you to a bulk billing X-Ray clinic - mine has always asked me where I would like to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimeSlice View Post

    All up maybe $300 or so...so not much at all.
    It's all relative to your own circumstances really. For some people $300 is a lot of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate07 View Post
    It's all relative to your own circumstances really. For some people $300 is a lot of money.
    I didn't mean to imply it wasn't simply thar over 20 weeks of a pregnancy it isn't as mch as one might think. It isn't all at once. I understand that $300 might be lot to some people but I shouldn't have to preface everything I say with "to me.... to others..." I thought that went without saying really.

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    my dating scan was bulk billed, but it's going to be $190 for the nuchal (10-13wk) scan. Thankfully, I should be able to save that by then. Not sure if I can claim anything back from Medicare. From memory, when I was pg with ds, the 18-20wk scan was around the same, but I could claim some from medicare.

    I was/am public, all the way .

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    I'm not sure about the NT scan as we didn't have one, but depending where you go you should be able to get bulk-billed for the 19-week one. Blood tests also should be bulk-billed via your GP.
    If you want extra scans or 3/4D ones, then you may have to go to a private billing place. I can't remember what we paid for our 19-week scan the first time - must have been somewhere between $100-200.

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    I was public in SA, dating scan through hospital was free, morphology scan was free through the hospital, nuchal test isnt covered by medicare so there is a charge for that but the bloods through the hospital wasnt going to cost anything either.

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    Wow Im super lucky I havent paid anything for any of my medical needs with any of my pregnancies. Im a public patient

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    Quote Originally Posted by sconeonamission View Post
    my dating scan was bulk billed, but it's going to be $190 for the nuchal (10-13wk) scan. Thankfully, I should be able to save that by then. Not sure if I can claim anything back from Medicare. From memory, when I was pg with ds, the 18-20wk scan was around the same, but I could claim some from medicare.

    I was/am public, all the way .
    I asked about medicare when i booked my NT scan and they told me cause it wasnt a REQUIRED scan there was no medicare rebate. Not bad after shelling out $200 for something they recommend. I didnt ask about the bloods i have to have done 10 days before.

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    You'd think they would subsidise the NT scan considering if you DO have a DS baby it will be more on the health system.. ergh its looking bad for my bank balance atm

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    I would check what your hospital is going to be covering. My hospital only did the 20 week ultrasound, and they do all the other blood tests, GD test etc.

    I paid for a NT test. I was out of pocket $85 for the blood test and $40 for the ultrasound.

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    Have you asked the hospital? Both of my girls were born at MMC however I transferred at 20 ish weeks with both after I found out about their problems. I had my 12 week scans and Amnio/CVS done privately before this date. After I was transferred to Monash they organised all of my scans (and there were many) and I did not pay at all, they were bulk billed.

    Otherwise, from memory my blood test was around the $100 mark (they send out a bill) and the ultrasound was just under $200 (you pay on the day) for the 12 week NT testing, I did get some money back for the ultrasound, I *think* I got some back for the bloodtest too.

    The hospital should definately bulk bill your 20 week scan and any others if needed.

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