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#1 of 24 Old 11-11-2011, 02:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hubby and I are planing a himebirth for our second... First one was in a haspital... Trying to figure out the $... Found a great midwife and assistant for $3000... Any ideas how much an ultrasound is/was for you? I am seven weeks and would want a u/s if Feb so trying to plan ahead for cost... Any help would be great!

 

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Do you have insurance? Even if they won't pay for a homebirth, they should cover an ultrasound, at least in part. I believe they're usually a couple hundred dollars--perhaps around $300?


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An out of pocket ultrasound -the 20 week one - was around $600.

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paid outta pocket for my midwife, but also qualified for state low-income medical coverage. ii used that for all my bloodwork and ultrasound/nst @42 weeks. I saw the bill for that before medi-cal processed it and it was $1300 for the nst/ultrasound/back up doc visit. insane, no wonder everything is so jacked.

maybe that is an option for you...? It's also wonderful in case of a transfer and any applied medical costs there~

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I'm currently going to school to be an ultrasound tech. Here's what my online lecture had to say...

 

Examinations cost between $250.00 for a renal ultrasound to approximately $800.00 for a complete fetal survey.

 

 You could also go without the ultrasound but I know I couldn't not know the sex. Good luck. Hope this helps...

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I just got our private insurance EOB from my 20 week ultrasound. Preinsurance cost was $579. It was a standard fetal anatomy scan.


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For one of my ultrasounds, I paid $300 for it. I'm not sure if it was because I had not met my deductible yet, or if that was just my share of the cost. If you have health insurance, it should be able to be covered at least in part.

 

 

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Just got my bill from my insurance. $531 for the 20 week ultrasound. Insurance paid about $300 and I still owe $200. But there is a great ultrasound place here that charges $290 for the anatomy ultrasound.


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First, check with your insurance to see if they will cover it.  If they will not or if you will have to meet a high deductible, call around.  I live in a very high COL area and the cash/self-pay discount price for ultrasounds (20-week) spanned a very huge difference from under $200 to over $1000, all from reputable imaging centers (not centers that only determine the gender).  It's pretty disgusting, if you ask me.

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Thanks everyone! I think I am just going to have to call for prices and check out my insurence (I do not have the maternity rider, but I also have not been diagnosed pregnant, so I might still be able to get it).

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If you are thinking of adding the maternity rider, usually there are waiting periods before they will cover a pg. Like add the rider and wait months to a year before coverage will start. 


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First, check with your insurance to see if they will cover it.  If they will not or if you will have to meet a high deductible, call around.  I live in a very high COL area and the cash/self-pay discount price for ultrasounds (20-week) spanned a very huge difference from under $200 to over $1000, all from reputable imaging centers (not centers that only determine the gender).  It's pretty disgusting, if you ask me.



Yes to this post! Last pregnancy I started off with an OBGYN/CNM practice and the place they referred out the 20 week ultrasound to an imaging center that was a preferred provider for my insurance. I had a high ded. and it cost me $1000 AFTER my insurance adjusted the amount they were allowed to bill. This pregnancy my Midwife sent me to a different place, also a preferred provider, and they billed like $500. It was the same insurance plan for both.

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A little off topic, but did your midwife have to order your u/s? My insurance doesn't recognize my CM as a "healthcare provider" so won't accept an order from her, but I don't want to have to go to my family practice doc to get an order for a u/s. 


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My midwife did order the ultrasound. I would think that would be fine in your situation, because she wouldn't be the "healthcare provider," the ultrasound place would be so as long as they were a preferred provider your insurance company wouldn't care? Just a guess.

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I'm in the same boat as you are.  My homebirth midwife told me she knows of a clinic an hour away that does them for $175, so I will probably go there.  I'm going to call my ob/gyn first though and see what it would cost to go there.  I was assuming it would be around $500.


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I had mine done during my required visit to the backup OB.  After insurance, it was about $200.  My cousin had a baby born with a heart defect that was detected at the 20-week anatomical ultrasound, so, for me, it was a non-negotiable to have it done no matter the cost.

 


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Well, depends greatly on payment method. If its a level II with private insurance about 800-1000 or normal ultrasound at 20 weeks with self pay 150 cash.

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My u/s @ 23 weeks was $120 cash.

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It also depends on your age.  I used a mw, with a family doc as back-up (the mw cannot order u.s. in my state, only a doc).  Since I was of "advanced maternal age" (36), I was sent to a neo-natal specialist and my u.s. cost around $1200!!!  Totally unecessary expense since I only cared about placenta position and heart chambers, but I didn't realize that there were differences in u.s. procedures.  If I get another u.s. for another baby, I will insist that doc order me a standard u.s. which should cost a few hundred.

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My 8wk u/s (3 m/c prior to this pg) was $620, insurance adjusted that amount to $527, which I paid OOP because we hadn't met our deductible. And, my CPM is not able to order an u/s, I had to have 1 appt with the CNM at the OB practice in order to get the u/s ordered.

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My 8wk u/s (3 m/c prior to this pg) was $620, insurance adjusted that amount to $527, which I paid OOP because we hadn't met our deductible. And, my CPM is not able to order an u/s, I had to have 1 appt with the CNM at the OB practice in order to get the u/s ordered.

 

People with high(er) deductibles or people who are going to get an ultrasound close to the end of the year and haven't met their deductible for the year, should probably call the office and find out the insurance vs. cash rate.  There is a huge difference and you could save yourself a lot of money.

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Our midwife doesn't do u/s, so we went to a freestanding u/s place.  We paid $50 for the basic package.  Which included a 5-10 min. u/s.  She used both 2D and 3D.  She listened to the heartbeat and took basic measurements.  If any issues had been detected we would have gotten a free consultation with the Dr.

 

I don't know if you have a place like this in your area, but it would definitely be worth looking into!


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First, check with your insurance to see if they will cover it.  If they will not or if you will have to meet a high deductible, call around.  I live in a very high COL area and the cash/self-pay discount price for ultrasounds (20-week) spanned a very huge difference from under $200 to over $1000, all from reputable imaging centers (not centers that only determine the gender).  It's pretty disgusting, if you ask me.


This - I should have called around and regret it. Got an $800 bill. Next time, I'm not going to the hospital the mw referred me to but I'll go to an imaging center and pay cash up front. Since I had insurance (high deductible...I paid everything), they wouldn't allow me to pay up front or shorten the scan.  I should have walked out and found a different place. Insurance was billed for over $1200 (was reg scan and then a transvag at 20 weeks). 


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We always use an ultrasound studio and the lowest is about 75 dollars (as of 3 years ago...so it may have went up a bit)....there are more expensive packs were you can actually get really cool photos. We opt for the cheapest, just because the whole purpose for us to get one is to check baby position as I do unassisted homebirths. We do get a few black and white prints included in that cost. You can also hear the heart beat and depending on the person doing it sometimes they will let you get a quick look at the more complex dementions even if you didn't pay for it. =) The particular place I go to, also says that they send the pic of the spine to a dr to look at and if there are any problems, they will let you know. I have never heard back on any of my kids...so I don't know if they actually do it or not...or if it is just that my kids' spines are fine.
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