Without Medicare or Private Health, you will be required to by all parties involved in the delivery to pay the full amount prior to delivery.
Without a Medicare card Dr Howland still charges the MBS (Medical Benefits Scheme) amount for your appointment, meaning that as a patient without permanent residency, we do not charge a higher fee for you. The initial appointment with Dr Howland is $75. Follow up appointments are $41.35. The management fee for your delivery is due at 34 weeks and is $326.75. You are required to pay these fees at your appointments. Ultrasounds are also an additional fee. You are also required to attend a six week postnatal check after your delivery which is $62.90.
For the delivery, Dr Howland’s fee is $1,705.05. This fee stays the same whether it is a vaginal, caesarean or complicated delivery. You may need to pay for an assistant at the operation if you have a caesarean.
You may also require an anaesthetist for pain relief during your delivery. You may need to pay this fee upfront. This is usually around $500 during a weekday. Emergencies and after-hours charges will be around $1,000 but could be up to $1,500
A paediatrician will also see your baby in hospital they may charge up to $150 for visits and $330 to be present at a caesarean.
The fee to deliver and stay at the Wesley Hospital for four nights is $7,341. This includes the cost of theatre rooms if a caesarean delivery is required. If you do not require a caesarean or if you do not stay the full 4 nights, some of this fee is refunded. To get an official quote from the Wesley please call patient accounts on 3232 7777.
If you do not have a Medicare number and have no insurance, a public hospital may charge around $10,000 before agreeing to see you.