All obstetric consultations will incorporate an invoice and are eligible for a Medicare rebate.
The first obstetric consultation is performed at about 8 weeks gestation.
For uncomplicated pregnancies you will be seen:
- every 4 weeks until 28 weeks gestation
- fortnightly until 36 weeks gestation
- then weekly until the delivery.
It may be necessary to be seen more frequently if medically indicated.
Twenty week Antenatal visit
At 20 weeks gestation you will be issued with an account for the “Planning and Management of Pregnancy.” At this time patients will receive a “co-payment fee”. This fee is based on which Private Health Insurer you are with.
Please feel free to ask our staff for a detailed estimate of costs, which will be calculated based on the health insurance and scheme that you are with.
You can ring for this information on our telephone number 03 9467 9444.
This account is claimable from Medicare.
Account for Confinement & Hospital Visits
Following the birth of your baby, an account for the labour, delivery and postpartum hospital visits will be sent to your health fund for payment.
Should you be hospitalised antenatally, before the birth of your baby, this account will also be sent to your health fund.
Six Week Postnatal Visit
This visit will be bulk billed.
Caesarean Section Delivery
Dr Hatzikostas has set fees for Obstetrics and these will not change depending on the complexity of your pregnancy. Patients will not be billed for any procedures such as vacuum, forceps or caesarean section deliveries. There may be extra antenatal visits in pregnancies that need to be monitored closely.
These consultations will be charged at the same rate as all others.
If any patient requires a caesarean section, it is important to be aware that it will be necessary to have the following specialist present at the delivery:
- Assistant Surgeon
They will either bill you directly for their services, bill your health fund, or bill your health fund and charge you a co-payment.
Please be aware, that we have no control over the fees that other health professionals may charge.
Please note that you may also receive accounts (claimable through Medicare) from the following health providers if they are involved in your care:
- Ultrasounds specialists
- Anaesthetist if you have an epidural anaesthetic
- Pathology tests
Dr Hatzikostas requests that the pathology provider bulk bills these costs for any tests requested. Pathologists are under no obligation to do this. Pathology tests are almost always bulk billed, but there are some pathology tests that they will occasionally refuse to Bulk Bill.