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Medicare Safety Net - Obstetrics no longer covered?


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#126 April girl

Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:38 PM

The new reduced cap is a bummer to say the least but two things spring to mind.

1.The 18 week paid maternity scheme starts in jan 2011 - if you really want to have a private hospital experience its worth doing the maths to see what you will be entitled to. Most working women will actually receive more $ overall from this than if the higher rebate was still available and no universal paid maternity scheme existed. Obviously this is not true for non-working women though. sad.gif

2. I can't comment about anywhere else but in the ACT if your baby is born before 34 weeks neither of the two private hospitals will deliver your baby. You will need to go to a public hospital. This is because the two private hospitals do not have adequate facilities to provide the level of care that these babies need. So the adage 'pay peanuts get monkeys' may be true for most things but it doesn't apply if you have a premmie baby in the ACT.




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