I am an eligible midwife. This means that my private patients can claim some of the cost of private midwifery care, much the same way we do when we see a GP. As well as Medicare benefits, some private health funds will provide benefits for childbirth education with a midwife, and costs may also be claimed through tax as a medical expense (more on that one from your Accountant). Medicare benefits and tax benefits combined are between $2,500 and $3,300. This means that care with an eligible midwife will be up to $3,300 cheaper than care with a non-eligible private midwife. What is a Medicare-Eligible Midwife?
In order to claim Medicare benefits from care with your midwife, you will need to ensure that your midwife is eligible. An eligible midwife meets certain advanced requirements of a registration standard:
45-60 minute consultations in your home or in my clinic
Birth in hospital - or at home
Continue your care with the same midwife you know and trust, with specialist obstetric back-up readily available
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