NSW Government IVF Affordability Package

10 February 2020

 

The NSW Government announced late last year a $42 million package to improve affordability and access to IVF services across NSW.  The package expands access to lower-cost IVF treatment, assists with out-of-pocket medical expenses and gives hope to young cancer survivors wanting to start a family in the future.

IVF treatment can be expensive and challenging. Prior to IVF commencing, testing is required to ascertain suitability for IVF treatment. From 1 January this year, a woman with a fertility issue can apply for a $500 rebate for out-of-pocket expenses related to pre-IVF fertility testing, available through Service NSW. Fertility issues are defined as: under 35 years, having not conceived in 12 months or longer; or over 35 years, having not conceived in six months or longer.

GPs play a vital role as they are often the first point of contact for people commencing their fertility journey, including to order initial testing. GPs are encouraged to refer patients who would benefit from the rebate to the following fertility specialists to endorse eligibility for the rebate:

  • Specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • Specialist in obstetrics and gynaecological ultrasound
  • Specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • Specialist urologist
  • Specialist endocrinologist. 

  pdf Click here (613 KB) to read about commonly asked questions regarding the affordable IVF initiative.