City Fertility is thrilled to announce Medicare is introducing a new rebate for Genetic Carrier Screening. This initiative has been designed to make genetic testing more accessible and affordable for those planning a pregnancy or already on their journey.
With this new rebate, you may be able to claim a rebate to test your carrier status for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and fragile X syndrome. This rebate makes it easier and more affordable for those planning a pregnancy or already on their journey.
What is Genetic Carrier Screening?
At City Fertility, we pride ourselves on offering the latest techniques to give our patients the best care and maximise their chances of falling pregnant.
Genetic testing is important because abnormal chromosomes can stop an embryo from implanting on the uterine lining or result in a miscarriage or the birth of a child with physical and/or mental disabilities. Testing can help prevent these outcomes by identifying the affected embryos during their development in the laboratory before they are transferred back to a patient’s uterus during an IVF cycle.
What does the rebate include?
Starting from November 1st, this new initiative will benefit 112,000 people annually, offering 34 new, expanded, or increased Medicare rebates for genetic testing. These rebates are designed to diagnose, prevent, and treat various genetic conditions. For prospective parents, the rebate covers Genetic Carrier Screening for conditions such as cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and fragile X syndrome.
Each parent will be eligible for a rebate of between $300-$340 for the test, depending on whether the testing is conducted within or outside a hospital setting.
This is part of a substantial $148.5 million investment over four years to strengthen Medicare, making healthcare more affordable and accessible. Unlike most other genetic tests funded by Medicare, these new rebates are available to everyone, including individuals with no symptoms or family history of these conditions.
In the words of Minister Butler, the Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care, “The new Medicare rebate for reproductive carrier testing will provide confidence to women and their partners as they plan a pregnancy and start a family.” This initiative is a testament to the healthcare system’s commitment to ensuring all Australians’ well-being and reproductive health.