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No obstetrician can work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All solo obstetricians have other obstetricians covering weekends, after-hours and planned holidays on an informal basis. Generally, you don’t meet the covering obstetrician until you are in labour.
At Grow Obstetrics, cover is provided from within our group and you are given the opportunity to meet all four of our obstetricians during your pregnancy. This allows a level of comfort with whichever obstetrician attends the birth of your baby.
In addition, we are all female and all mothers, so we can empathise with you no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in.
We prefer to deliver at Epworth Freemasons Maternity on Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. Our rooms are located on the same floor as the birth suite and postnatal ward, providing rapid availability to you in emergencies.
Please tell me about your fees and explain Private Health Insurance, Medicare rebates, the Medicare Safety Net and the Medical Expenses Tax Offset.
The fees you pay for your obstetric care ensures an obstetric specialist is available for you 24 hours a day, from your first appointment with us until six weeks after your baby is born. Please call our rooms for detailed fee information as our fee structure differs depending on whether you are eligible for Medicare rebates and have private health insurance. Our staff can also explain the Medicare Safety Net and Medical Expenses Tax offset to you.
Hospital charges are additional and separate to our fees and usually covered by your private health fund depending on your level of cover. It is advisable to check that your private health insurance adequately covers you for obstetric services in a private hospital and that you have fulfilled any waiting periods.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, EFTPOS and cheque. Payment is preferred on the day of consultation.
Your first appointment will take approximately 30 – 60 minutes and subsequent appointments usually take 15 minutes. All efforts are made to ensure our doctors run on time although due to the nature of our practice, they may occasionally run late or appointments may need to be rescheduled. Every effort will be made to contact you should this occur and we thank you in advance for your understanding.
Grow Obstetrics collects information for the primary purpose of providing quality health care. We require your personal details and a full medical history so that we may properly assess, diagnose, treat and be proactive in your healthcare needs. Information collected will be used in the following ways:
- For administrative purposes in running our medical practice.
- For billing purposes, including compliance with Health Insurance Commission requirements.
- For disclosure to others involved in your health care and/or claim. This may include treating doctors, specialists, allied healthcare personnel outside this medical practice and any third party involved in your case. This may occur via referral to other doctors or for medical tests and in reports or results returned to us following the referral.
- To conduct practice audit and medical research, in which case all data is analysed without identifying personal details. Audit and research are important ways of maintaining high standards of medical practice. Audit is a requirement of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
You are not obliged to provide any information requested of you although failure to do so may compromise the quality of the health care and treatment given to you. You have the right to access information collected about you, except in circumstances where access may legitimately be withheld. You will be given an explanation in these circumstances.
If your information is to be used for any other purpose other than that set out above, your further consent will be obtained.
For enquiries and further information, please call our rooms on 03 9418 8488.