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October 23rd, 2012, 03:12 AM
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In Italy, according to the weeks of pregnancy, the NHS offers the possibility to do a series of blood tests totally free, you just go by your doctor (or your gynecologist) and he prepares a paper with written examinations to be where to put a code to get them for free.
Yesterday I went to my doctor and this morning I went to the hospital to do the blood test, I had to pay about € 95 (about $ 124) but I did not pay anything.
These are all the exams of the first trimester of pregnancy (which will be ready Friday):
Toxoplasma, rubella, blood group, hiv, coombs test, transaminase, glycemia, CBC, treponema palladium, hcg betas, complete examination of urine.
If the toxoplasma is negative, I'll repeat the test (always free) every 30-40 days. I'll also do an ultrasound at the hospital (already booked) when I will be 6+3 and I want to do the nuchal translucency ultrasound at around 12 weeks.
I'd like to know if in your country, pregnant women have a protocol such as this to follow and if the pregnancy is protected and exams paid by the state (at least the most important ones).
Sorry if I wrote a long post, but some of my friends have told me that in other countries, such as the examination of the toxoplasma is not done, I wanted to get a confirmation of my curiosity.

One last question: you are already taking folic acid (vitamin B9)? Me with my first pregnancy I started at 9 weeks (a little too late) but this time I also started before getting pregnant!
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October 23rd, 2012, 06:09 AM
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Most of those tests are ordered by doctors, but definitely aren't paid for by the state, unless you're on government assistance. As for toxoplasmosis, my nurse just asked me if I have a cat and told me not to change the litter box. Neural tube screenings can be done for anyone, but are really recommended for anyone over 35. As far as I know, nothing is covered by the state, it only matters if your insurance covers it.
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October 23rd, 2012, 06:13 AM
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October 23rd, 2012, 07:34 AM
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I am in Germany and more or less they have a standard group of blood tests that they do at the first visit that is paid fully by insurance. Here it is CBC, blood type, anti-blood group antibodies, HIV (you can decline this one) and Rubella antibodies. Toxoplasma is not always standard. They always do it on me since my profession is working with animals, but routinely I don't think they do. You can request it, but you have to pay for it unless you are considered at risk. Mine has been negative in the past and I believe I was only retested once after that.

As for NT scan, it is not covered here in Germany. I have it done anyway, but it is not horribly expensive- 165 Euro for the u/s and the lab fees.
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