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#1 Wildence

Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:31 PM

hi all

I am just wondering whether anyone managed to claim anything back?

I am on one of the top hospital and extra cover.

when i called BUPA a couple of months ago, was told that if prenatal service is done by a registered midwife ill get some money back.

However my claim has been rejected and i didn't really get a good answer as to why. i was told that its possible that Medicare might be able to cover some of the costs. i do not think this is correct, however i will call Medicare tomorrow and see what they say.





#2 José

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:44 AM

I am not with Buda burping did get a small amount back from my health fund for birth and parenting class. I had to make sure I provided the midwives registration number.v

#3 Wildence

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:05 AM

thanks for your reply.

i did provide them with the midwives reg number

quick question, should i wait till we attend the workshops (in Jan) or should i continue trying to get some $$ back now?


#4 little lion

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:37 AM

Hi wildence original.gif my antenatal classes at my private hospital were free under bupa. I had postnatal midwife visits (thru my Ob) and this midwife said her postnatal visits would be partly claim able thru Medicare next year. Not sure on the details though.

#5 José

Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:43 AM

I'm sure with my insurance you can't make a claim until you have received the service. Maybe that's the problem.

#6 Koobie83

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

And this is why I hate private health - where's the benefit? When you need it, they don't cover it yet they are quick to bump up your premiums every 3 months.

I had a shocker of a run in with my old private health insurer where they refused to commit to helping my husband in an emergency situation in hospital (he missed knicking his tendon and artery in his foot by maybe a few mm's and was bleeding everywhere) because we hadn't been insured with them for 12 months (we were previously insured with NIB) they had to assess our claim to make sure it wasn't 'pre-existing'. We had doctors everywhere on the phone saying "His foot hasn't been bleeding for 12 months... this is an emergency" and we had paid annually too so there wasn't a problem with unpaid premium. They also wanted us to pay up front for a private surgeon and then wait to see whether they will pay us. The private hospital said this could cost us $8000.00 up front and we may never see the cash.  Turns out that once we canned the idea of going private (even though we had insurance for it) and went public we saw a doctor within the hour who had one look at it, confirmed the tendon and artery wasn't knicked, but it was very close to it, stitched him up and we went home.

It was an absolute joke. So threw it in and am going public. I couldn't fault them so far. My midwife is fantastic.

#7 Melissam12

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:14 PM

There are medicare benefits for education with an eligible midwife.  Education is recognised by Medicare as part of what midwives do in consultation with women.

#8 hanz33

Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

I just called Bupa yesterday about this and they said I would be able to claim a portion back.

#9 Wildence

Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

thanks all for replies.

funny enough we did get some money back from BUPA, but yet when i was on the phone with them last time, they were telling me to check with medicare.

and yesterday got a letter in the mail saying this is your refund original.gif






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