Being able to choose both the hospital where you deliver your baby and the obstetrician who cares for you does have costs associated with it, but Drew tries to keep these costs as low as possible and as close to the Medicare gap as he can. As such, you will be charged an initial consultation fee and then a review fee for subsequent appointments. The amount of rebate you get back from Medicare varies depending on whether you have reached the safety net or not.
You are also required to pay a pregnancy management fee. This fee covers the obstetrician managing your pregnancy and any associated issues that arise. Most importantly, it provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year cover for you during your pregnancy, providing immeasurable peace of mind. This fee also includes any in hospital services that are required during your pregnancy as well as the arrangement of appropriate specialist cover to be on call when they are not available.
Again, you will get a rebate but the amount depends on your circumstances with the Medicare safety net. Some private health funds will also offer a rebate, so it is best to check with your specific health fund provider.
When you are an inpatient, either in the antenatal period or during your delivery, your private health fund will be billed directly. Just be mindful that there may still be some out of pocket expenses for the paediatrician, anaesthetist and other hospital costs.
When a procedure is discussed with Dr Drew, a full financial consent will be discussed with you so that you will know the exact cost of the procedure before the surgery. Dr Drew participates in the Known Gap scheme with all health insurance providers so you will know exactly the out of pocket expense you will pay. Payment for the surgery will also need to be made prior to the scheduled date of the operation. Some out of pocket expenses for the anaesthetist and hospital expenses may be incurred as well.