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#1 Cranky Kitten

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:23 PM


Last pregnancy I booked in at Murdoch with a private ob, but was considering booking in at Mercy with a GP who is registered there who is one of my regular GPs. Does anyone know if you're doing shared care with a GP do they charge a management fee similar to a private ob? If so, how much?

#2 ers77

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:12 PM


Edited by ers77, 10 February 2014 - 12:19 AM.

#3 HGL

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

Shared care traditionally is more for a public hospital setting. You see your regular GP (who has to agree to doing shared care and they may require some kind of additional qual) and then in the final 4 weeks you attend the hospital clinic for appointments. Delivery is handled by midwives unless there is any problems and then the OB on duty will attend.


A GP Obstetrician is I think what you're thinking of. They're a GP with extra qualifications and can manage your pre-natal care and the delivery. They generally only do low risk pregnancies as they can't peform a c-section (they're not a surgeon). If something goes wrong during the pregnancy or birth, they have referral arrangements or will call on an OB to take over.

Their management fee is a lot less. My GP Ob is charging $1000 compared to $2,850 for the OB I was quoted. They're also only charging me the Medibank scheduled fee for delivery so I won't be out of pocket. Bear in mind that they won't have an ultrasound machine in their practice like a lot of OBs.

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