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Cost of the BLOOD test for NT scan
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:57 PM
Hi all, I have just opened all the mail this morning and found a bill from a genetics place for the cost of the screening which we had done at the sametime as the NT scan. Before I pay this bill I just want to make sure that this is right and others have received bills as my GP never mentioned a bill for the blood work. I know the scan cost (as I paid for this on the day.) just wonering if it is normal for the blood work to cost as well.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:59 PM
I was bulk billed for mine. I think some places do charge though.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:00 PM
Yes last time I paid separately and I *think* from memory it was just under $100
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:01 PM
Yep - same as Sloane Peterson. My GP didn't tell me about it either so I was kind of surprised to get it.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:03 PM
I paid around $100 as well. I was able to claim some of it back from Medicare though.
Edited by LittleBeansMum, 14 November 2012 - 03:04 PM.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:07 PM
The place mine gets sent to usually costs about $110.
Edited by Tonberry, 14 November 2012 - 03:09 PM.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:19 PM
Mine were bulk billed.
If you weren't told about it, I would contest it because I don't think you can really get charged in retrospect for something you weren't advised would cost.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:53 PM
Totally normal to me. From what I understood the NT blood tests were sent to a special genetics lab, not just a standard path lab. As usual you sign the path form for the BT, and I had to sign a separate form for the NT test stating I understood there would be a bill for it....
FWIW, my bill was $100.30 and as I was over the Medicare safety net I got $88.80 back :-)
As a side point - I randomly receive bills for pathology, and it's always after the fact - they aren't really set up to charge you on the spot! I always notice when my Dr writes PLEASE BULK BILL on the form, and the phlebotomist then gets me to sign the form and says it's to make sure I don't get a bill for it.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:55 PM
Mine was bulk billed.
I have been told that if you get two tests done on the same day by different referring doctors you can be charged. I don't know if this applies to you. I tried to get two blood tests done on one day and was told by the lady at QML that because 2 referring doctors were on the letters I would be charged for 1 of them.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:10 PM
Mine was bulk billed but I still received an invoice in the mail (?) confusing but on the back it said something like if you are covered by medicare all you need to do is sign the back and send it back to them and medicare will cover it in full. So maybe call the pathology place just to check before you pay it.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:41 PM
I had mine done a few months ago and the blood test was $100...
Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:46 AM
Mine was $120 - looks like I was totally ripped, but that's Canberra for you!
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