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#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 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)


#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!

#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.
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