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Health insurance premiums USA vs. Aus

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Fees
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My wife read a Facebook post from a lady we know from the USA about the increase in their monthly private health insurance premium. It read “Opened my mail today. $2,069.03. What my “covers nothing until $6,300 a person is spent, not even meds” but costs right now over $1100 but is going UP to […]

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Delivery fee and the no gap program

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Fees
Delivery fee and the no gap program

Dr Sykes is a ‘no gap’ doctor for your delivery. That means you will not have to make any gap payment to Dr Sykes for your delivery charge. Dr Sykes will invoice your health fund directly and accept their payment as total payment for delivery and inpatient postnatal care. Sometimes there are extra Medicare item […]

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Pregnancy care management fee

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Fees
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From time to time patients ask why they need to pay the management fee when they pay for each antenatal visit.

The Medicare management fee item number was by the Federal Government when the Government realised many obstetricians did not make enough income from antenatal visits and delivery to cover the high overheads of running an obstetric medical practice.

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Why doesn’t Dr Sykes bulk bill for antenatal visits?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Fees
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MY secretaries are asked this question from time to time, especially by someone who is in early pregnancy and is trying you work out which obstetrician she should book with.
Superficially it would appear if you were bulk billed for antenatal visits you would pay less, but this is not the case, because of your greater Medicare entitlement once you reach the Medicare Safety Net threshold YOU PAY MORE OUT OF POCKET IF YOU ARE BULK BILLED

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