Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government is also expanding
publicly supported IVF services in three public hospitals, making fertility
treatment much more affordable for up to 6,000 women.
“The NSW Government’s commitment of $42 million over four years will
dramatically cut out-of-pocket expenses for women struggling to conceive,” Mr
“Fertility treatment can be a long, expensive and emotionally difficult process so I hope that
this extra support will give women more choices and ease the
NSW publicly supported IVF clinics will be expanded at the Royal
Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Royal
Hospital for Women, increasing access to lower-cost IVF treatments.
Government will also establish Australia’s first state-wide fertility
preservation service at the Royal Hospital for Women, providing cancer patients
with the greatest hope of having a family in the future.
Out-of-pocket expenses at
some clinics for IVF
can cost $5,000 or more per
cycle but will now
be significantly reduced at NSW publicly
supported clinics as a result of this initiative.
Women can lodge a claim
for the $500 rebate for
pre-IVF fertility testing
taken from 1 October 2019.
NSW residents can claim the rebate regardless
of where in Australia they received the fertility test via Service NSW.
IVF pre-screening tests are used to understand the cause of the fertility
problem and inform whether a woman is likely
to experience a positive result and go on to conceive a baby.
One in every 22 Australian babies are
via IVF – about one in every