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Dispelling The Myths of IVF Treatment Costs in Australia

There is great confusion regarding the cost of IVF treatment in Australia, and treatment is typically a lot less than most people are led to believe. Dr David Knight, a leading fertility specialist and Medical Director at Demeter Fertility believes Australians are extremely lucky when it comes to availability and cost of fertility treatment. 


There is great confusion regarding the cost of IVF treatment in Australia, and treatment is typically a lot less than most people are led to believe. Dr David Knight, a leading fertility specialist and Medical Director at Demeter Fertility believes Australians are extremely lucky when it comes to availability and cost of fertility treatment.

On the funding side, Australians are blessed with strong support from Medicare and private health funds, making IVF more affordable for Australia than in many other countries. On top of this, Assisted Reproductive Treatments are available to a broader range of the population, with less government restrictions on eligibility than in some countries.

A fresh IVF cycle will typically cost somewhere around $7,000 - $9,000, and in Australia, Medicare will reimburse a large chunk of this, usually between $4,000 - $6,000. Private health funds will also cover additional costs of procedures carried out in a hospital or day surgery facility. Out-of-pocket treatment costs vary depending on the procedure and a number of other factors, such as if a patient has reached the Medicare Safety Net, and can range from around $500 to $10000 for a fresh IVF cycle.

“Discussions between family and friends about the real cost of IVF treatment is often where a lot of urban myths originate. Many talk about the full cost of IVF treatment, not the out-of-pocket cost after Medicare rebates etc, which leads to many believing it is far more expensive than it really is. Many patients are surprised when I explain the out-of-pocket costs,” says Dr Knight.

 Not every clinic is the same in terms of the service offered and what is included for treatment fees, and that is something patients should be aware of as it affects the ‘total treatment’ cost.

Demeter Fertility focuses on minimising costs as much as possible to make the journey easier for patients. Fees are structured to ensure maximum rebates from Medicare, and inclusions such as the specialised MOS technique which requires less hormones, latest freezing techniques, 24/7 nursing care and no additional embryo storage fees for the first year are all included.

“The most important thing is for my patients to receive the highest quality care, and the best chance of taking home their much wanted baby” says Dr Knight, “we understand how much our patients are going through in the first place, so we don’t need to burden them with unnecessary costs or complex fee structures on top.”

IVF is a serious and emotional path to take for any couple who has been unsuccessful in falling pregnant. Dr Knight says it is a good idea to talk to a clinic or your doctor before you rule out IVF as being too expensive, as there are many options available, even for those without private health insurance.

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