They say it costs more than half a million dollars to raise a child these days.
Putting aside those ‘normal’ costs, here’s a snapshot of the last financial year for Charlie (and worth every cent, of course):
|GP Appointment where I raise my concerns about Charlie’s lack of milestones||$ 65|
|Referral and subsequent appointment with Paediatrician||$ 330|
|Blood and Urine Tests||$1,660|
|Subsequent Paediatric Appointments x 6||$1,200|
|Fortnightly Physiotherapy Sessions||$3,380|
|Fortnightly Occupational Therapy Sessions||$3,380|
|Monthly Speech Therapy Sessions||$1,690|
|Membership/Registration with Community Organisations||$ 250|
|Specialised Pram / Wheelchair||$4,560|
|Other Equipment – walking frame, UpSee, car seat, exercise equip. etc||$ 550|
|Pool hire fees for hydrotherapy x 15||$ 350|
|Hearing the words, “Don’t worry, this one is covered by Medicare”||Absolutely Priceless|
And here’s my little complaint to end the topic: we are lucky enough to have received a ‘bucket of money’ for Charlie’s therapies – speech and OT only.
This is in the amount of $6,000 – a fund we don’t physically have, but can draw on to pay only those therapists approved by the funding body.
Here’s the thing: therapists direct from the phone book charge around $90 per session.
Therapists from the ‘approved list’?
A minimum $120.
I fail to see that this is anything other than profiteering, and it makes me sick.
They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Have you received a grant to purchase equipment for your child?