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Hi All,

We are due to arrive to Perth in May with our 5 year old twin Girls.

One of them has been complaining for tummy ache since June last year. We have had number of tests and GP visits and now waiting for paediatric gastroenterology consultation in Oxford clinic which will be on 24th of April. I don't know what they will say. I am worry that if any extra tests or scans will be required we may not be able to attend as we are going to move in May.

I am not sure how it will be when we will arrive. Will we have continuation of diagnostic in Perth after registration with Medicare?

Also we are going to buy private insurance as well.

I would appreciate any comments and advises.

Thank you

PS: We have permanent residency visas.

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HI,

      I do not have experience of coming here with a pre existing condition however after my wife was diagnosed at 39 with Breast cancer we now have a reasonable understanding of the public and private systems. I'm pretty sure when you get here and see a GP, after registering for Medicare,  they will want to do the tests again. When I first went to the doctors here they were not interested in getting my history from the UK they just did a whole raft of blood tests, questions about previous illness, family history, ECG etc and started again. Be mindful that some exploratory tests you have to pay for and are not available on medicare. 

The system here is very different, GP's are private and you have to find the ones that "bulk bill" the government as they just bill the government for your visit and blood tests etc. Unalike the UK where they have a budget to stick to,  here every time I go they want to do some test or other and Ive actually started saying no as i'm in good health and fit. Back home they had to think I was dying before they would send me for a test I would wait weeks for. Here, have a blood test today , result in two days. Its run very much like a business, don't like your GP then go to another, no problem with catchment areas etc. 

Now, we have health insurance and while we did use it for my wifes cancer and she had excellent care for her operations and the hospital was more like a hotel, the health company are just an insurance company. Every year our premiums go up, what we get for it gets less unless we pay more money and of course there is an excess to pay but you will definitely need it as you'll need ambulance cover, especially with two littlens. Ambulances are not free here, also you'll definitely need dental cover as with most insurers you'll get check ups free or cheap for the family.  My wife chose to have her Chemo on the public system as it was the same but no excesses to pay and the care was excellent.

 

Hope this helps a bit and hope your litteln is ok.  

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To the OP, in your case, I would ask your GP if they can summarise the test they have done and the results (you may need to pay).  The GP here will probably conduct their own blood tests but at least they will have a set of results to compare it to.  They may refer your daughter to the children's hospital.

Generally, all children are bulk billed, even if the GP practise is private.  Some bloods tests are not covered by Medicare but the most common ones are.

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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 09:01, JaseandAnne said:

HI,

      I do not have experience of coming here with a pre existing condition however after my wife was diagnosed at 39 with Breast cancer we now have a reasonable understanding of the public and private systems. I'm pretty sure when you get here and see a GP, after registering for Medicare,  they will want to do the tests again. When I first went to the doctors here they were not interested in getting my history from the UK they just did a whole raft of blood tests, questions about previous illness, family history, ECG etc and started again. Be mindful that some exploratory tests you have to pay for and are not available on medicare. 

The system here is very different, GP's are private and you have to find the ones that "bulk bill" the government as they just bill the government for your visit and blood tests etc. Unalike the UK where they have a budget to stick to,  here every time I go they want to do some test or other and Ive actually started saying no as i'm in good health and fit. Back home they had to think I was dying before they would send me for a test I would wait weeks for. Here, have a blood test today , result in two days. Its run very much like a business, don't like your GP then go to another, no problem with catchment areas etc. 

Now, we have health insurance and while we did use it for my wifes cancer and she had excellent care for her operations and the hospital was more like a hotel, the health company are just an insurance company. Every year our premiums go up, what we get for it gets less unless we pay more money and of course there is an excess to pay but you will definitely need it as you'll need ambulance cover, especially with two littlens. Ambulances are not free here, also you'll definitely need dental cover as with most insurers you'll get check ups free or cheap for the family.  My wife chose to have her Chemo on the public system as it was the same but no excesses to pay and the care was excellent.

 

Hope this helps a bit and hope your litteln is ok.  

Thank you JaseandAnne for valuable information.

I hope your wife is much better now and I recognised you as I read your post about your situation some time ago.

We for sure are going to buy insurance to have peace of mind and to cover mentioned by you extracts such as ambulance, dental etc. I was a little bit worried about gap payments as read some people end up with huge invoices.

Funny is statement that UK GP had to think you are dying to do tests and diagnostic as we are trying to figure out what is going on with Bella since June last year. Probably in Oz we would already know.

I am so excited and scared at the same time...

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