Maternity Allowance And Public Health Care

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Jaimee - May 5

Hey just wondering if you guys in the US get a lump sum payment for each child you give birth to? Here in Australia each person who has a baby recieves $3000 dollars and after July the 1st, it jumps up to $5000! I was also wondering do you have to pay for public health in the US also? I was just curious to you know what form of help to pregnant and new mums recieve in the US?

 

monica - May 5

wow lucky you...I should move there. As far as I know we dont get anything. i have health insurance which cost me $300 a month. I dont qualify for any goverment help.

 

Jaimee - May 5

really? All our health care is free. It doesn't cost us a cent to have a child or go to the doctors or hospital for any reason actually, unless we want private health care, cause that costs, but medicare still gives back a rebate

 

monica - May 5

if you make over a certain amount then you know longer qualify for free healthcare. I work so i use my companies benefits. That's were I pay $300 a month other wise it would cost me over $500 a month to go on my own.

 

Jaimee - May 5

Wow, that is still alot. Is the quiltiy of health care good?

 

monica - May 5

I hate to say it but hearing from other woman I think there are other countries that have better health quality. If you are having a normal pregnancy they will only give you one ultra sound where I live. How is the maturnity leave in Australia?

 

Misty - May 5

Sounds like I should move to Austrailia too. I qualified for medicaid for my pregnancy so it will take care of all pregnancy related medical costs. But if I were to fall and break my arm I would be paying for that. And there are a few people who fall through the cracks that can't afford medical coverage but also don't qualify for medicaid. Giving birth for people like that I believ averages at least 10 grand. And maybe other jobs or states are different from mine, but I don't get paid maternity leave. I can take off for as long as I want and still have a job when I get back, but I don't get any percentage of my normal pay during that time.

 

Jaimee - May 5

Yeah our health care of here is great, though with any public health system there are waiting lists for certain things, as should be expected when you don't have to pay for helath cover. With maternity leave i know the government gives quite a good allowance, but i'm not quite sure how much. I know with single mums, the help is fantastic, i should know as i am one. We get alot of help over here.... As for ultrasounds doctors have now restricted them to only the 18 week scan, but there are ways around that

 

Misty - May 5

Any downfalls to living where you are? Australia is almost sounding too good to be true. I'm really wanting to live there. Sounds like a pretty kick a__s place if your govermant cares so much about you that you get allowance to helo when you have a child and no medical costs. That is just totally awesome.

 

Misty - May 5

Oops, to help you, not helo you :-)

 

Jaimee - May 5

Australia is really good, the government really helps its communities. I'm orignally from New Zealand, the government does help, but no where as great as Australian government. I get a benifit for my daughter, i get roughly $25,000 a year, we get paid for studying, our wages if we work get topped up by centerlink, if we dont make enough (thats the government system that pays everything from the dole, to single parents, sick benifits ect...) we get rabates on perscriptions, we even get a one off payment each year for every child we have in our care...and thats not including our medical resourses, public health cost nothing at all, even our denist at our hospitials are free....its amazing! I've never realised how good we get it here.....

 

Misty - May 5

Seriously. Do you know that I have never been to the dentist because I can't afford it. Thank goodness I take care of my teeth, but I am sure a dentist would have a cow if he ever heard that I have never been. When I was little we didn't have medical coverage for it and my mom told me I could go to the dentist if I wanted but it would be my christmas present. What kid wants that as a christmas present. And I don't have any medical coverage now other than for pregnancy related things, so.....

 

monica - May 6

to misty just curious are you a single mom or a stay home mom?

 

~S~ - May 6

Lucky, lucky! I'm in Canada and I don't think we get anything like that, not to my knowledge anyways. We do however get child tax or "baby bonus" (I think they're the same thing) but I believe that's about it. I don't even know how I got about filing for these things. I guess I should get on that ASAP.

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - May 6

Jaimee~ What a wonderful system you have set up in Australia. We pay nearly $600 a month for our families health insurance, and my hubbies company pays a portion in addition to what we pay (though i'm not sure how much) each month of our insurance as well, as a benefit of his job. Now, even with having insurance, we still have to pay $15.00 co-pay for each office visit, and 20% of the hospital bill, up to a yearly out of pocket maximum for 1 person of 2500.00. So, bascially, since i'm having a repeat C section, this baby will cost me 2500.00 to have. Now, we also get a 1000.00 credit on our taxes each year for each child, as well as the ability to write off a portion of our medical expenses, so while it sounds expensive, it's manageable. We d__n sure don't get a check for $5000.00 for just having a child. Darnn it! I think our government would go broke if we did. You are quite lucky to have such a wonderful system in place. And while our healthcare industry is out of control with the rising cost of health insurance and medical care, I have to say that we have probably the most sophisticated and advanced medical care in the world. :o)

 

amanda.d - May 6

I live in sask, canada and we only pay for dentist and eyecare.However my husbands job insurance covers that one hundred percent anyways.We don't get a bonus for having a baby we just get child tax, which is a monthly cheque based on your income that you get for each child and in sask we also get a portion with our child tax as well.And for low income folk we have supplementry health which covers everything from dental to prescriptions.Its pretty good.

 

HP - May 6

I should move to Australia. Thats what I think a good government should do: take care of their citizens. Here in the U.S you have to be within a certain income brackets to qualify for health care help. Otherwise you have to buy an insurance or pay out of your own pocket.

 

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