Maternity -Medicare Ineligible Patients

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What can I expect to pay for my health care?

As a Medicare Ineligible patient, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate & appropriate health insurance or adequate money to cover the cost of your health care.



All outpatient and emergency attendances require upfront payment at the time of your visit. Northern Health will provide you with a receipt that you may take to your health fund to request claim reimbursement.*

 *The amount you get back from your back from your health fund will depend on your health insurance policy.



Providing that a guarantee of payment can be obtained from your nominated Australian Health Fund provider, Northern Health will invoice your bed fee and treatment costs to your nominated health fund.*  

 *You are liable and must pay for any shortfall between the amount charged and the amount paid by your health fund.

If you do not hold an Australian Health Insurance policy or whereby a payment guarantee cannot be obtained, you will be required to pay the full cost of your admission and treatment fees.

Patients who hold Overseas Travel Insurance are required to pay the full cost of their hospital accommodation and treatment fees at the time of admission. Northern Health will provide you with a receipt that you may take to your Travel Insurance provider to request claim reimbursement.  



If you are uninsured for pregnancy care, Northern Health offers a maternity package that includes all pregnancy related medical, emergency, outpatient, inpatient, theatre and domiciliary services for $15,000*

This package does not include the cost of anaesthetics, radiology, pathology, pharmaceuticals or aids and appliance products/services or charges for your baby’s admission to Special Care Nursery.

*To discuss how you may be eligible for a 10% discount please call (03) 8405 2603

How do I pay for my account?

Payments can be made by BPAY*, Credit Card, Cash, Money Order or Cheque at our Cashiers’ Office.
* Details for BPAY payments can be found on the bottom of your invoice

The Northern Hospital - Cashiers Office
185 Cooper Street EPPING VIC 3076 PH: 03 8405 8570

Cheque & Money Orders can be posted to:
Patient Accounts
Locked Bag 2005 SOMERTON DC VIC 3076


What are the costs of my care?

UPFRONT COSTS - Payments to be made at the time of attendance or purchase at the cashiers' office

Emergency Attendances                                                               $500 per visit  
Specialist/Midwife Outpatient Consultations                                 $280 per visit 
Diabetes Consultations                                                                   $85 per visit
Pharmaceuticals                                                                                    Full Cost
Prosthesis                                                                                              Full Cost


MATERNITY PACKAGE (Un-Insured) - Payment to be made in full prior to the estimated date of confinement

Maternity Package                                                                           $15,000*

*10% discount may be applicable

ADMISSIONS/DAY STAY - Where a valid Australian Health Insurance Payment Guarantee is sanctioned, Northern Health will invoice the health fund on your behalf

Obstetric Overnight Stay (Mother)                                            $2,200 per night
Special Care Nursery/Medical Admission (Baby)                     $1,600 per night
Day Admission                                                                          $1,000 per day 
Doctor & Theatre Fees                                                                        Full Cost


ADDITIONAL CHARGES - Invoices will be levied and are payable to the external service providers

Anaesthetics                                                                                        Full Cost
Radiology                                                                                             Full Cost
Pathology                                                                                             Full Cost



What happens if I don't pay my account or agree to a suitable payment arrangement?

If visa holders do not meet their health insurance conditions, then they may be considered in breach of their visa conditions. Northern Health may be obliged to notify the Department of Immigration in these circumstances, which can result in the cancellation of the visa and payment of any outstanding public health costs incurred.

For further information

Please contact Revenue Services - Tel: (03) 8405 2603

To speak with an Interpreter please contact

Telephone Interpreting Service (TIS) - Tel: 131 450