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#1 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

Is anyone else having to get their NT scan done privately?  I've booked in at flinders medical centre for my antenatal care which is a public hospital but apparently they don't offer NT scans so I have to get a referral from my gp to have it done elsewhere. It seems abit odd to me seeing as when I had my daughter it was done at the hospital afew days after my first antenatal appt...I had her at a different hospital but I thought it was something all hospitals provided

#2 nouseforaname

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

Three years ago when I was having DS 3 they were routinely done. I rang today to book mine and was.told that unless it was for a risk factor that there would be no medicare rebate. Apparently they have changed the eligibility. Maybe that's why it's not offered. FWIW all if my scans everytime were at a clinic off site and not affiliated with the hospital.


Edited because I left out an important word

Edited by nouseforaname, 21 January 2013 - 06:03 PM.


#3 naturalgoodness

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

I was told the same thing about Flinders (it is where we are having this one). I actually preferred having the scan (and I did the same with all the rest) done at Bensons because it meant that I got to make it or a time that actually suited me and I didn't have to go to Flinders and park etc which is a pain!



ETA - sorry I am not from here, but I saw it on the recent topic list on the side  biggrin.gif

#4 foxgirls

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Gp, actual blood test done by nurse and scan were free. But I did just receive a invoice from VIctorian clinical genetics service for $100.30. Some can be claimed by Medicare but i think its crap they don't tell you it costs money. (I would have had the test done regardless just hate unexpected bills)
ETA, also not from here but thought I'd post about this hidden cost.

Edited by foxgirls, 21 January 2013 - 06:01 PM.


#5 libbylu

Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

I am not in your due in group, (Due in Feb actually!) but I don't know anywhere in Vic where you can have the 12 week scan for free.  Most hospitals now also require you to have the 20 weeks scan done privately/externally unless you are high risk.
I am a health care card holder and the blood tests were free at my GP, however I had to pay for the scan at a private ultrasound provider, which was around $285 and I think I only got about $90 back.  Only 10.30 came back from the 100.30 for the blood screen, so that it a large amount of out of pocket, and I reached the threshold too.

#6 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

Hmmm seems to be common practice now then. Not worried about the expense as I have a pension concession card so I don't have to pay for blood tests and scans just thought it was odd since last time it was done at the hospital. Will be getting the blood test tomoro and will get form to hopefully get the ultrasound this week. I do have a high risk pregnancy as I have cin 3 cervical abnormalities that they are monitoring over the pregnancy and I may have to deliver early if it gets worse through out but I guess this scan isn't a necessity, I just want see bub again.

@naturalgoodness I do like the idea of booking in when it suits me too and I live down the road from a Benson's so I'll be able to walk there.

#7 julies1980

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

hi,

i did the blood test today and the 12 weeks tomorrow afternoon, the blood test was $120 after spending $130 the day before seeing the GP and another $320 for the 12 scan. i so cant remeber paying for the blood test and paying that much for the scan.???  wacko.gif

#8 brom85

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

My scan at Lake Imaging yesterday cost me $185
4 years ago at a different place it cost me $110

Yours sounds very expensive, I havent recieved the bill for my blood tests yet but 4 years ago that $90

#9 caroldiem

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

I am private and i had mine on Monday cost me $390 for the scan and i think i have to pay $85 for teh blood test original.gif

I don't mind i love the ultrasound place i go to and they have the best equipment

#10 littlepip

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

Chloe's mum I had my midwife appointment at Lyell Mac in Elizabeth Vale and they made me an appointment at a local ultrasound clinic and the scan was free... I had free bloods through our local path lab too - that sucks you had to pay!! Should be the same for everyone... Midwives were great though!! Such secretaries - had all my appointments booked in up until 22 weeks original.gif Hope they sort something out for you...

#11 emelsy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:18 PM

I'm in Sydney but mine is being done at the hospital for free (I believe). It was free with my DS who is 2

#12 kazzy84

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:24 AM

I'm booked for my NT scan next Thursday 31t. I'm so excited to see baby again but SO nervous at the same time. The plac eI'm going to is quite exxy, I think it ends up costing in the vicinity of $500 including the bloods  huh.gif
But apparently their equipment is amazing and the service is great so I guess I will just suck it up!
Fingers crossed for a good outcome...

#13 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Had blood test and scan done yesterday, didn't cost me anything thankfully. Bub looked gorgeous, was squirming about the place and sucking its thumb. Measuring spot on for dates and everythings where it should be. Even got afew more pics original.gif Was told scan showed a low risk of neural tube defects but won't know the combined risk of blood and scan till tomoro.

Def put my mind at ease, was so scared bub would've stopped growing or something was wrong. And to top off a great day I feltmy first flutters last night original.gif

#14 Mrs Mc

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

I had my first scan yesterday (8w4d) and got all the paperwork for the NT scan and bloods.  I am in Adelaide too and my OB has referred me to the Tennyson Centre on South road, near Anzac Highway.  They state they are specialists - who knows.
I booked in there and was told it was $290, i should get $50 back from medicare, i had no idea it was going to cost me, but i guess i should not be surprised.  He also referred me there for the 20 week scan

#15 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

They are great at the Tennyson centre.  My endocrinologist is there.

#16 ellejays

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (Mrs Mc @ 24/01/2013, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my OB has referred me to the Tennyson Centre on South road, near Anzac Highway.


That's where I've been for my 2 scans so far, and they're pretty nice there.

For my 12 week scan (tomorrow morning!!) I had my bloods done at Adelaide Pathology a week ago, and tomorrow I get the scan done and Adelaide Women's Imaging (next to Dr Jones) where apparently they can give you the results of the tests immediately.

All the best!


#17 julies1980

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

had my scan on thursday last... 2.5 hours later and chasing bub around the womb  ffear.gif  we got the pics that needed for the test. i think bub its going to give up any secrets anytime soon. llove.gif

#18 julies1980

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

had my scan on thursday last... 2.5 hours later and chasing bub around the womb  ffear.gif  we got the pics that needed for the test. i think bub its going to give up any secrets anytime soon. llove.gif

#19 Itchy_Witch

Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

Had mine ne today. $220 for the scan, $70 for the bloods. Because of my age I already knew we were low risk, but since I had the scan for my first two I still wanted to get it done. Plus it was cool to see bubs again, and see how much s/he's changed since the last scan at the OBs. Love how in the space of 3 weeks it now has arms and legs and looks like a real person!


2.5 hours Julies1980, yikes! Mine wasn't very cooperative, but not that bad...about 30 mins trying to get it into the *right* position....

#20 Leeleelou82

Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Hi everyone!

I had my 12 week  scan today and all was looking perfect (nuchal fold only 0.9, heart, brain, size  etc) and the baby was moving around so much, waving arms and legs.  The lady said it was just the most beautiful baby (haha I'm guessing she must say that a lot!).

But then when meeting with the doctor there were some abnormalities with my blood test and  showed a risk of approx 1:100 instead of 1:600 for Trisomy 13.  Was such  a shock, and I was not keen to wait 2 weeks to do the Amnio due to the risk of  miscarriage as well as bleeding (I'm on clexane to thin my blood).  So after speaking with the doctor and doing some research I am now paying $1350 to get an iGeneScreen blood test done on  Monday which is then sent to Singapore and results are sent back in 14 days.  I've also not told anyone apart from my partner and sister about the baby and was looking forward to finally spilling the beans this week, however I now think I need to wait..... Really disappointing as I went from so excited in the waiting room, to a little upset, but let's hope they get the results back from Singapore quickly!!  Even the doctor said everything will be fine so not feeling too downtrodden rolleyes.gif

Look forward to hearing how the other scans have gone xxx

#21 Wishing2011

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

oh what a bummer.. I've never heard of iGeneScreen. But sounds like a much better option than an amnio. Good luck with everything!

#22 Hazel_Eyes

Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

QUOTE (Leeleelou82 @ 31/01/2013, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi everyone!

I had my 12 week  scan today and all was looking perfect (nuchal fold only 0.9, heart, brain, size  etc) and the baby was moving around so much, waving arms and legs.  The lady said it was just the most beautiful baby (haha I'm guessing she must say that a lot!).

But then when meeting with the doctor there were some abnormalities with my blood test and  showed a risk of approx 1:100 instead of 1:600 for Trisomy 13.  Was such  a shock, and I was not keen to wait 2 weeks to do the Amnio due to the risk of  miscarriage as well as bleeding (I'm on clexane to thin my blood).  So after speaking with the doctor and doing some research I am now paying $1350 to get an iGeneScreen blood test done on  Monday which is then sent to Singapore and results are sent back in 14 days.  I've also not told anyone apart from my partner and sister about the baby and was looking forward to finally spilling the beans this week, however I now think I need to wait..... Really disappointing as I went from so excited in the waiting room, to a little upset, but let's hope they get the results back from Singapore quickly!!  Even the doctor said everything will be fine so not feeling too downtrodden rolleyes.gif

Look forward to hearing how the other scans have gone xxx


Hi Leeleelou82, sorry to hear about your blood test results sad.gif I'm sending positive thoughts your way for good results from the iGeneScreen.I had my tests done today and similar to you my ultrasound was great but due to low PAPP-A and beta HCG levels (both<0.3 MoM) was told I have a 1:84 risk of Trisomy 18. The clinic I went to in BNE mentioned ~$1850 for the blood test... I don't want invasive testing. Would you mind sharing where you got your test done? I'd appreciate if anyone could give any info on where to go to get a reasonable price, not keen to pay $500 more than I have to!  My current plan is to see what my options are for the blood test, then go back for another detailed scan at 16 weeks - apparently if there is something wrong they have a reasonable chance of detecting markers by U/S by then. In the meantime focussing on the fact that this is only a screening test, and 83:84 chance of having a perfectly healthy baby is still pretty good odds! Hope everyone else has had great scan results original.gif



#23 MsCert

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

Currently waiting on my nuchal results from RPA. I know they're busy but I'm hoping it won't take longer than a week to hear. Anyone have any experience with RPA?

#24 emelsy

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:18 PM

I had mine done at RPA (Sydney) last week. They said results should be at my Drs before the end of the week.
For those with high risk NT results I just wanted to let you know I had a CVS done with DS. I asked Dr about the 1/100 risk of miscarriage and he said that's an overall statistic and his was much much lower than this. He said it depended on the Dr.
For what it's worth it was completely painless (the needle bit) I even had a nurse say she thought I was brave and much have a high pain threshold but honestly I don't, I think he was just a really good Dr. (He was a head gyno at RPA Public)
Good luck.

#25 MsCert

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

The end of this week? I guess I should be patient then. They were pretty damn busy and no news is good news I hope




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