Obstetrician Melbourne Fees

 COVID-19 Obstetric Fee Structure

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This offer is for all new pregnancies booked after 1st April 2020 until 30th September 2020

Service Item Number Billed Amount Medicare Rebate

Initial Consultation

+

Antenatal Scan

16401

 

55703

$ 220.00

 

$ 40.00

$ 74.25

 

$ 29.75

Subsequent Antenatal Consultations 16500 $ 100.00 $ 40.75 – $ 74.25
Depending on whether Safety Net is reached
Planning and Management of Pregnancy 16590 $3000

$1650

(45% Reduction)

$544.85
Uncomplicated Delivery 16519 Fully Covered by Health Funds
Complicated Delivery 16522 Fully Covered by Health Funds
Postnatal Visit 16404 $150

$ 37.15 – $70.65
Depending on whether Safety Net is reached

In response to the extraordinary circumstances that our community is facing with the current COVID – 19 Pandemic, we have elected to adopt a proactive financial support approach to help families who are experiencing financial difficulties. Over the next 6 months, we have elected to reduce the “out of pocket” expenses for the “Planning and Management Fee” for all new bookings by 45%.

This offer is for all new pregnancies booked after 1st April 2020 until 30th September 2020

The public hospital system is currently under considerable pressure to meet the needs of public obstetric care. In addition, fewer patients are taking out private medical insurance which will increase the demands in the public system even further. Many couples who have private health insurance may now find themselves under financial stress given the sudden increase in unemployment which has occurred since the introduction of the Government guided closure of many business practices.

In our capacity to accommodate the difficulties that some families are experiencing we have elected to reduce the out of pocket expenses for private obstetric and antenatal care. Dr. Hatzikostas is an experienced obstetrician and has worked as an obstetrician for almost 30 years. In our capacity as an established medical practice in the Northern suburbs we acknowledge our responsibility to do what we can to help our community in difficult times. We believe that patients will value the experience of private obstetric care with an experienced obstetrician at Northpark private hospital with a significant reduction in costs. All patients are welcome to ring our rooms to discuss their details with our secretarial staff.

The Planning and Management of Pregnancy fee covers most Private Health Funds. However, some exclusions apply.

Please call our rooms on 0394679444 to confirm the fees.

 

Please Note:-

This fee structure assumes you have both Medicare and Private Health Insurance which includes Obstetric cover.

If you do not have medicare or any Private Health Insurance or are an International patient with overseas health cover please ring our rooms on 0394679444 to obtain individual fee structures.

Important Notices

If you have a cesarean section delivery, it will be necessary for the following doctors to be present at your operation:- Anaesthetist, Paediatrician, and an Assistant Surgeon.

These doctors 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 of what other health professionals charge.

 

You may also receive accounts (claimable through Medicare) from the following health providers if they are involved in your care –

  • Ultrasounds
  • Paediatrician
  • Anaesthetist -If you have an Epidural anaesthetic
  • Pathology Tests – Dr. Hatzikostas will often ask the pathology provider to bulk-bill you for any tests requested but they are under no obligation to do this.

 

Antenatal visits

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 Eight week Antenatal visit

At 28 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

There will be an invoice for $150.

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:

  • Anaesthetist
  • Paediatrician
  • 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
  • Paediatrician
  • 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.