Specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist providing exceptional reproductive and pregnancy care to women across Melbourne, Australia.

 

FAQs

What does an obstetrician do?

An obstetrician is a doctor that specialises in providing care to women before, during and after their pregnancy (prenatal and postnatal care), including the delivery of babies. An obstetrician maintains the skill to manage complex pregnancies, including the performance of interventions and caesareans.


When do you first see an obstetrician?

You would normally see an obstetrician around the first 6-8 weeks of being pregnant. This is the best time for to make your first appointment.


What is the difference between an obstetrician and gynaecologist?

An obstetrician specialises in pregnancy care, whereas a gynaecologist specialises in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting women’s reproductive systems. Obstetricians will typically be specialist gynaecologists (and will be referred to as obgyns) because pregnancy evidently involves the operation of a woman’s reproductive organs.


How long do you wait for gynaecologist appointment?

In the public system, you would normally wait 2-3 months at least (and, at worst, 3-6 months) to see a gynaecologist. However, if you book a private appointment, you can see a gynaecologist in as quickly as seven days. This is certainly what you will get with Dr Caroline in most circumstances.


How much does it cost to see an obstetrician and gynaecologist?

Obstetrician-gynaecologists can be pricey, but costs do vary considerably based on the individual condition a woman may experience.

You should not let the high cost of a specialist obgyn deter you from receiving exceptional quality treatment. While we do have a robust public health system in Victoria, there are severe limitations including a lack of continuity of care (meaning you will see a different doctor every time you visit a clinic). This can be especially concerning for high-risk pregnancies and first-time parents who are more anxious than ‘seasoned’ parents.

 

Does Medicare cover gynaecologists?

Fees charged by obstetricians and gynaecologists are generally only covered by Medicare in the public system. However, you may be able to be reimbursed for a portion of a visit through Medicare even if you attend a private specialist.


Do I need private health insurance to see a gynaecologist?

No, you don’t need to have private health insurance for outpatient visits to see a gynaecologist (i.e., where you’re not required to stay in hospital overnight). Medicare can reimburse you for more than one third of your initial consult.

However, if you are a member of a private health fund, your policy will generally cover inpatient procedures or fees for surgery. You should confirm these details with your private health insurer.


Where can I find a female gynaecologist near me?

If you’re looking for female gynaecologists in Melbourne, then you need look no further than the rooms of Dr Caroline Hoggenmueller.

Dr Caroline operates out of her private rooms in North of Melbourne – specifically at Northpark Private Hospital, Bundoora and Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg.

 

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