Dr Howland charges $1,000 for the cost of an uncomplicated delivery. Most private health policies cover up to the Medicare Benefits Schedule of fees. This is $715.65, meaning that you are required to pay the additional $284.35 for the delivery. This is due by 38 weeks gestation.
On booking your first appointment, we ask for your insurance details. We then contact the company directly to assess for what your policy covers you.
It is very important if you have changed policies or companies recently that your documentation with the company is complete.
If your insurance covers out-patient appointments, which are the appointments in the consulting rooms with Dr John, we will bill your private health fund directly.
If at any time during your pregnancy your situation changes and you receive a Medicare card or private health insurance notify us at your next appointment and we will alter our billing accordingly.
Here is a breakdown of all the costs for your appointments in our office. The management fee is due to be paid before 30 weeks. If your insurance covers you for outpatient antenatal appointments, we will bill your health fund directly.
If you require a spinal or epidural anaesthetic during your delivery an anaesthetist will be called in. This fee can vary depending on who is available and the time or day of your delivery. For international patients most likely this will need to be paid in full and then you will submit a claim to your health fund. The fee could be between $500 and $1,500.
A paediatrician is required for all babies. The fee for this is approximately $330. The paediatrician also visits your baby in the hospital each day, there is a fee of either $140 for a long visit or $90 for a short visit.
It is very important that you register your baby’s birth as soon as possible after delivery. Then your insurance will probably cover some of the paediatrician’s fees.