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Old 03-08-2013, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Guldsandal View Post
Thank you...I like to be on top of things as well. ;-)

Im enrolling in Medicare next week, but have heard that you have to pay for most of the tests when pregnant etc. yourself., which I guess could amount to a fortune!

I think Medibank have a 11months wait with everything pregnant-related, and I might be pregnant before that.

- What do people do...?
Is there any other insurance companies that doesn't have such a long wait?

@Colleggirl: I sure will... :-)
Hmmm, that is a very good question, and unfortunately not one that I know the answer to offhand as I'm the (female!) Australian sponsor of my husband, so it's not something that concerns me personally...

But looking around on the Internet I found a couple of links that might help:
This discussion on a baby forum
This discussion on another forum about pregancy and temporary residency

I think everything will be easier for you because you don't plan to actually give birth in Australia, so you just have to cover tests and check-ups and things.

And here is an informative quote from a private health insurer:

One thing most people donít know is that in Australia, health insurance can only cover you for in-hospital services.

This means, most medical expenses during pregnancy will not be covered by your [...] health cover until you arrive in the hospital to have your baby (but they may be covered, at least in part, by Medicare). Health insurance cannot cover you for outpatient services such as GP and Obstetrician visits, scans or blood tests.
It may be that you can get everything done under Medicare (free) if you go through a public hospital, but the tricky part is finding a public hospital that does all the things you need. I hope the links help a little, and if you find a definitive answer to your question it would great if you could for us here too

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