Jump to content

Cost of OB Melbourne


  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#1 pjemc

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

Hi All,

This is my first post so I apologise if I have posted in the wrong spot or if this has been discussed recently. I am 11 weeks today and we had our 10 week appointment last week with a private OB, when I went through the pile of paperwork we received at the end of the appointment I noticed a schedule of fees and I am wondering if people can please just shed some light on whether this is pretty standard or if it is excessive and we are better off looking for a new OB (obviously this will need to be done urgently at this stage)

So our first visit was $295..
20 weeks we have to pay $2600
28 weeks we have to pay $4400 (of this $450 is claimed back from medicare)

Thats $7000 and for first time parents we have no idea if that is just the going rate or if it is excessive. I know he is a fantastic OB (through word of mouth) and I was very happy and super comfortable with him when we first saw him but I did not expect the fees to be this much. This is not a high risk pregnancy, I am 28 and everything is progressing as it should.

I know I should have asked before we met with him but I honestly just did not expect it to be so high

Can anyone please help shed some light on this?

Thanks original.gif

#2 Jess1308

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:57 AM

Sounds within the range. I think ours was around $5000 all up, there should be another couple of visits you can claim on medicare, blood tests and I think ultrasounds. But, yes its not unusual cost wise.

#3 Elnaz

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:21 AM

I am 32 and this is my first pregnancy, 16 weeks and not a high risk
We have received the schedule fee …
First visit 120$
Each visit after that 60$
20 weeks payment 3000$
And we don’t have a fee for week 28 (or not yet)!!!  unsure.gif

Edited by Elnaz, 06 December 2012 - 09:28 AM.


#4 bree18

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

My was  about $220 first visit, $3500 pregnancy management fee (before $450 rebate) and that was it for OB. 12 and 20 week ultrasounds were and extra $$220 each on top of that.

#5 wannabe30

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

It's on the higher end of the fees I've seen, but by no means unusual.

#6 Satay Chicken

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (Elnaz @ 06/12/2012, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am 32 and this is my first pregnancy, 16 weeks and not a high risk
We have received the schedule fee …
First visit 120$
Each visit after that 60$
20 weeks payment 3000$
And we don’t have a fee for week 28 (or not yet)!!!  unsure.gif


Me neither!!

I paid $140 for first visit
$75 for each sub visit
$2500 at 20 weeks....

So there is another biggy is there?  My Ob has not mentioned anything about a 28 week fee!!!

#7 zingy

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Yep, that sounds right.

My Sydney OB is now $10K.

My new Melbourne OB is $6K.

#8 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

My OB was $100 initial appt
$50 subsequent apps
$2k PG mgmt fee



#9 countrychic29

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

Sounds high to me, but i think i got an OB on the cheaper side.

1st visit - $200 inc. ultrasound
Subsequent visits - all bulk billed
Management Fee - $1900.00 billed at 20 weeks - payable by 32 weeks

12 & 20 week scan - at my cost

he has Gap Cover though with my PHI - so if i didnt i would need to pay another $1500

#10 pjemc

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Thanks so much for your replies. I called around a few other OBs yesterday and they were all around the $4,000 mark so I ours is definently on the higher end. Oh and the ladies who mentioned they hadnt heard anything about a 28 week fee I doubt you will as all the docs offices I  called yesterday only had their fees payable at around 20 weeks, mine must spread it out more cos its higher. So we have a big decision to make about whether we stay with this doc who we know trust and are comfortable  with but pay a lot more or go with someone new who is cheaper but we may not find that same level of comfort and trust. I am told as far as choosing an OB its pretty important you are comfortable and trust them which we really do currently.

#11 zingy

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

OP, stick with your guy. Trust is the most important thing!

#12 babycat

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:02 AM

My Ob has charged $220 for first consult including scan (claimable) and then a $3200 Preg management fee at 20 weeks ($450 claim able) followed by $1600 at 30 weeks (not claim able till tax time).  Not cheap, but still $2000 cheaper than my previous Ob.  Also paying for ultrasounds but get most of that back through Medicare as I've reached the safety net.

If you can afford it and are comfortable with your current Ob then I'd stick with them unless you can get a good recommendation for a new one who is cheaper.  Which hospital are you going to? Happy to Pm you details of mine if you like.

#13 pjemc

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

We could afford it but we are currently building a house as well and with the expenses that are never ending with the house we are trying to save money where possible.
I think I probably will stay with our current OB, this is about our baby and I want what I feel will be the best for us both. I guess I'll just end up with sheets on my windows for a few months tongue.gif

Appreciate everyones input so far, thanks!!

#14 Fright bat

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

Depends what area of Melb. It's higher end of normal, but not excessive.

Besides, you will not get in with anyone else at 11 weeks (an if anyone is still taking patients at 11 weeks, then that probably says something) so in effect you are deciding between this person and going public.

#15 FeralGiggelosaurus

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

Our fees where close to $6k......we are in melb....and I really trusted my ob.....very honest, a bit blunt ( but, I didn't go to him for his bedside manner, he had his own midwife who I saw as often, if not, more than him) ......cost was hit, but as other have said...trust your instincts!,!!

( I should mention, I still say my ob, at all normal appointment times...,but also got to visit his midwife in between our appointments, and was available to my on the phone as well)

biggrin.gif



#16 BJBubbles

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:37 PM

I see a fantastic OB who works at St Vincent's Private in the city and her fee schedule is:

$550 Initial visit (generally 10 weeks unless there is complications or history of miscarriage etc)
$4500 (ish) at  20 weeks
$2000 (ish) at 30 weeks
All other appointments with her are bulk billed and her delivery fee is "no gap" so between Medicare and PHI you have nothing out of pocket from her.

Her management fee (like yours) is broken up because it is rather large - but I've had a number of friends have their babies at either the Epworth Freemason's or St Vincent's and all the fees have been about that - but maybe we all just picked expensive OB's ?  

I certainly think where in Melbourne (which hospital)  makes a difference to what is a normal kind of fee.

As PP's have said, if you like and trust your OB and can afford him, stick with him.  For me, we chose to go private, not because we are high risk (I'm not)  but because I wanted to know and trust the person looking after me in the event that something did go wrong...

Congratlations and good luck!
xox



#17 whale-woman

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

Mine is 7K too. I think it's on the higher side for Melb but not unusual for popular or inner city obs.

#18 elmo_mum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

sounds like your ob is on the higher side - but that could be:
he/she is very popular
he/she is great
or just the area

my ob was umm... cant remmebr what we paid during the vist - but management fee was abouy $3200 and there was another fee of around $1000 -

i also saw another ob (i was VERY high risk) and he put in a stitch in... anyways - turns out as he is the BEST in melb for high risk, he is also one of the most expensive....

#19 Duechristmasday

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

If you are comfortable then stick with him, he is second to none.....

Edited by lucky 2, 07 December 2012 - 10:59 PM.
r/o comments about an OB as per forum rules





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Public welcome outside church for Princess Charlotte's christening

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited well-wishers to see Princess Charlotte outside church in Sandringham on day of her baptism.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

The horrible act that sparked a brawl at child's birthday party

The uncle of the seven-year-old girl at the centre of the brawl at child's birthday party in Sydney's west has described the events leading up to the alarming show of violence.

Babies 'benefit from iPads at a young age': study

More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.

Do mums really just obsessively talk about their children?

Natalie Reilly describes three main types of conversations mothers have. And, surprise, they're not all about kids.

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

5 things no one warns you about after giving birth

How many times have you been warned about all the sleepless nights you have to 'look forward to' when you become a parent?

Police officer sang nursery rhyme as heartbreaking photo was taken

A police officer arrived at a devastating scene on Thursday: a car crash resulting in all passengers being thrown from the vehicle.

Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

Hilaria Baldwin shares post-baby selfie

Just two days after giving birth, actor Alec Balwin's wife posted a post-baby picture on social media.

'Help - my child won't ever do what I ask!'

Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.

Postnatal depression support gets $23 million boost in NSW

The Baird government will include $22.8 million in Tuesday's NSW budget to expand a program designed to help parents at risk of postnatal depression (PND).

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea

I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.