Fertility Treatment Costs

At City Fertility Centre, we do not charge an initial City Fertility - Babyregistration fee for standard IVF services. Your treatment costs will vary depending on the level of assistance you require. Following your initial consultation with a City Fertility specialist, you will be given a booking for a complimentary pre-treatment information session with one of our experienced fertility nurses and patient services administrators. All aspects of your fertility treatment, including the cost structure, will be discussed with you at this time. Our patient services administrators are available to discuss any questions you may have regarding treatment fees, Medicare and private health rebates, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

How Much Does IVF Cost? City Fertility Centre Fees

If your specialist determines that you and your partner require IVF treatment, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. The IVF cycle fees below include:

  • Comprehensive Education session with a Fertility Nurse
  • Quantitative hormone testing (blood tests) during your 30 day IVF cycle.
  • All ultrasounds with your City Fertility Specialist during your 30 day IVF cycle.
  • Most embryology/laboratory services.
  • Semen preparation for IVF.
  • Consultation with a City Fertility Centre affiliated dietitian.
  • The intensive support of a specialised team of nurse coordinators and scientists.
  • Counselling appointments with a City Fertility Centre affiliated counsellor during your 30 day IVF cycle

 

The following is a summary of the current City Fertility Centre payment schedule guide.

Type of Treatment Patient Out-Of-Pocket Costs After Medicare Benefits
Initial Registration Fee $0.00 No Registration Fee
Initial Consultation Fee for CFC Specialist $180 – Average
IVF CYCLE
(1st Cycle in a Calendar Year)
Medicare Item Number 13200
$2993.95
IVF CYCLE 
(2nd or Subsequent Cycle in a Calendar Year)
Medicare Item Number 13201
$2438.30

Fees current as of January 1st, 2017
*This amount excludes the fees charged by the treating specialist, anaesthetist, private hospital and pharmacy.

 

Additional Costs

Specialist Fees

These include initial consultations, investigations and tests performed by your specialist before you start your IVF cycle. Additional fees for the IVF treatment cycle are charged by your specialist and include the management of the treatment cycle (Item No. 13209) and the fee for performing both egg collection (Item No. *13212) and embryo transfer (Item No. 13215). These fees are set at your specialist’s own discretion (not by City Fertility Centre) and are claimable through Medicare, private health funds (*13212 only) and the Medicare Safety Net. Please contact the office of your specialist, whose details can be found in the Specialist Team section of this website, for further information regarding his or her consultation and cycle fees and the relevant rebates.

 

Fertility Medication

From July 1, 2015, the Australian Government introduced changes to the way fertility medications are dispensed. Fertility medication for your treatment cycle is now provided via a prescription from your fertility specialist and dispensed through a pharmacy.

The Federal Government requires patients to pay a PBS co-payment for each type of fertility medication listed on the prescription from your fertility specialist. Co-payments for 2017 are $38.80 for non-concessional patients per type of medication listed on the prescription. The average cost per cycle has been estimated to be about $190 worth of PBS co-payments. Please note that the PBS co-payment is not a City Fertility Centre fee.

City Fertility Centre has streamlined a process whereby your medication will be couriered to the clinic and made available for collection from City Fertility Centre. This system will allow you to receive the optimum level of drug instruction and support from our experienced fertility nurses.

Please speak with your clinician or a member of our nursing team for more information about this option. Please ensure you allow sufficient time before the start of your cycle to organise your fertility medication with your fertility specialist.

 

PBS Prescription Record and Safety Net

There is a PBS Safety Net threshold of $1494.90 for non-concessional patients. After reaching the PBS threshold, general patients pay for further PBS prescriptions at the concessional co-payment rate of $6.30 per type of medication for the remainder of that calendar year. To access the PBS Safety Net arrangements, you need to maintain records of your PBS expenditure on a Prescription Record Form. These are available from pharmacies. You can combine your family’s PBS amounts to reach the PBS Safety Net threshold sooner.

 

Medication for Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) Cycles

Private medications required for an FET cycle, or medications that are not listed on the PBS, will be billed to the patient according to the price schedule of the pharmacy that dispenses the medication. These medications are not eligible for the PBS co-payment scheme.

 

Medicare-Ineligible Patients and Fertility Medication

Medicare-ineligible patients will pay for their medication privately according to the price schedule of the pharmacy that dispenses the medication to them. The PBS co-payment is not applicable to a Medicare-ineligible cycle. City Fertility is unable to accurately quote these fees on behalf of the pharmacy.

 

Anaesthetist Fees

Procedures performed under general anaesthetic include egg collection and Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA). Your anaesthetist will bill these fees directly and the account will be eligible for a rebate from both Medicare and private health funds.

 

Hospital Fees

The theatre and bed fees for both egg collection and TESA are payable directly to the private hospital. Medicare does not pay anything towards private hospital charges, but if you have private health insurance with hospital cover you may be either partially or fully covered for these costs. CFC recommends that you contact your private health fund for an estimate of any excess or co-payments that may be required. For those who are uninsured, the full hospital admission fees are payable.

 

Other Laboratory Services

In addition to the standard embryology services offered, your specialist may recommend other, related services that may help you achieve a successful pregnancy. Additional services include:

  • Assisted hatching.
  • Blastocyst.
  • Donor sperm.
  • Embryo transfer media.
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)*.
  • Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
  • Sperm freeze.
  • Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA).

*Denotes Medicare rebate applicable.

 

City Fertility Centre freezing fees include 12 months’ complimentary storage for eggs, sperm and embryos. Please contact our friendly staff to learn more about this service.

Need more information?

Come to our next Fertility Information Session. Register online.

 

 

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