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Whooping cough vacination - any rebate available?

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#1 tweetz

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

The whooping cough vacination was previously free for new parents and grandparents. Now it is only free for new mothers, meaning dads and grandparents are now out of pocket. Does anyone know whether there is any rebate available from either Medicare or Private Health Funds?

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#2 *littlemiracles*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

Not sure if there is a rebate but really does it matter??? I got mine done before I was pg for work purposes and paid for it. It wasn't that dear to get it.

#3 Futureself

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Not through Medicare but if you have a pharmaceutical benefit on your PHI then you may claim, just get a receipt and talk to your fund

#4 red_squirrel

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:01 PM

It's only been free for the past couple of years.
I had mine 4 years ago when it wasn't free - like now. Back then you needed a script and had to have it ordered in at the pharmacy. I could claim the excess from private health but from memory it wasn't much because it wasn't that expensive.
Not really sure how it would work now though.
As a previous poster said - what does it really matter what it costs.

#5 LJandAJ

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

Myself and my DH were both able to claim ours on our Tax, mine becuase I worked in childcare and him because of the Tetnus part of the injection

#6 MuppetGirl

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:23 PM

AFAIK there is not a rebate through Medicare but my husband had it done before our baby was born and while our GP decided not to charge him the cost was less than $30.

#7 Funwith3

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (*littlemiracles* @ 11/12/2012, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not sure if there is a rebate but really does it matter???

The OP just asked the question. I imagine she just wants an answer in case she can get a partial reimbursement. If its available why not get it!?

#8 tweetz

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. DS was born shortly after it stopped being free. My partner and mother both paid for their vacinations ($40 each through our local GP) and there was never a thought not to. But like many others we are going through a tough time financially so any money we could get back would be helpful.

QUOTE (Funwith3 @ 11/12/2012, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The OP just asked the question. I imagine she just wants an answer in case she can get a partial reimbursement. If its available why not get it!?

Exactly! Thanks.

#9 skylark

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

I got a whooping cough vax last year, I found the cheapest way to do it was to go to the free  Council vax clinic with all the babies. I still had to pay, but just paid them for the vaccine itself, the appointment was free.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

Despite my DH and I having top extras we got no rebate from our PHI for our Boostrix.
It cost us the price of the visit and an extra $47.

#11 chickenpants

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

In QLD the vaccine was free to both parents and their immediate family (grandparents etc) until just before my son was born in September. Because we were too late to get the freebie vaccine we had to go get a prescription to get our vaccines ($60 each from the pharmacy!) and the nurses station at my GP's office administered them. Thank goodness my GP bulk bills.

If you get a rebate or are covered by your health fund for your GP and prescriptions then you may get something back, otherwise it's all pay-for-play now.

#12 premmie_29weeks

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:18 AM

I didn't get it because my blood tests showed reasonable immunity, we also don't live in an area that is considered high risk. We have all immunisations done at the family gp, and because both years we went well over the safety net early in the 12 months we now get 85% of the costs back, so we pay $65 each up front and rebate is $59... Regardless of whether its a immunisation appointment or otherwise...

We have top private health cover and never had anything back from them...

#13 agdp07

Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

I was lucky as I went to get mine 3 weeks after the free shots ended but luckily my doctor had a few vaccines left so it was free.
He did say that the reason it's no longer free is due to the minimal benifits being gained but I wasn't willing to risk it.
We made anyone who planned to come in contact with us before DD was immunised herself have the vaccine.
It's a no vaccine, no cuddles and kisses rule.

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