Originally Posted by kdevitt
You'll end up forking out cash for it. Its $55 for a childs visit at our doctors, and $75 for an adult, and $100 for a long visit.
As an example of how costs can rack up - my wife brought my son for a quick checkup a while back - all was fine, tooks 5 mins, so $55. The doctor said my wife looked a bit pale (she was shattered tired as the baby didn't sleep well at that stage) and she should probably have a blood check. Asked her to wait outside and she'd get a nurse to do the test. She ended up waiting an hour for the test, and the doctor said she had to be charged for a long visit - so $155 now incurred. Goes to pay at the counter and the blood tests were over $900. She rang me in tears asking to use my credit card - over $1k spent on one visit, baby was fine, wife was fine.
On that note, does anyone else find that doctors over here are more like Sales people??? Seriously trying to push test after test on you? I went in for a PAP smear (sorry squeamish lads) got the test, grand....paid my $70. All the time though the doc was pushing me to get the HPV vaccine which is $900 a pop and you need it 3 times!!!
Anyway, normally at home the doctor would ring you when the results come in and either say "yup your clear" or "can you please make an appointment to come back into discuss your results. So when I got the call to come back I was sh*tting myself only to be told "ok your all clear...that'll be $70 please"
So I thought screw that so if I'm paying $70 I'm getting my moneys worth and asked for my pill to be renewed and an inhaler refill. So before she prescribed it she wanted to run tests for endometritis and bronchitis ..."just in case"!!!
Last night then I open my post to find a further $50 bill which the lab want money for for performing the test?!?!?!?
I get that doctors over here can make money off the medicare system but I think they are seriously milking it and 457'ers like us are the ones who suffer.
FYI: I told her I didn't have medicare but that didn't stop her.