Tuesday, 17 January 2023
IN an Australian-first, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced a new $2,000 State Government rebate for women utilising IVF or other assisted reproductive technology.
The $80 million program will extend rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing and introduce a new $2,000 rebate for fertility treatment.
“This new rebate will make our State one of the most affordable places in the world to have IVF treatment, reducing the cost and helping families bring a baby into this world,” Mr Marshall said.
“Around 16 per cent of all couples will face fertility issues and this new program is designed to ease the financial burden families face as they embark on their journey to start or grow a family
“The costs associated with fertility treatment can be prohibitive and adds extra stress to those experiencing fertility issues.
“Those costs are higher in our region because families need to travel to access fertility services and I am proud that this rebate is going to make a big difference to that.”
Mr Marshall said the Affordable IVF Initiative would also increase the number of IVF treatment places in publicly-supported clinics and increase fertility preservation services for patients with a medical need.
The extension and expansion to the NSW Affordable IVF initiative also includes:
• extending rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing
• expanding state-wide access to lower cost IVF treatment through publicly-supported clinics
• boosting fertility preservation services for patients with cancer and other medical needs
• providing up to five days’ paid fertility treatment leave for teachers, nurses and other public servants across NSW.
To be eligible for the $2,000 rebate you must:
• be a resident of NSW
• have incurred an out-of-pocket cost from a registered private provider
• have accessed the treatment from 1 October 2022.
More information on how to submit an application form for the rebate is available at www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-for-the-fertility-treatment-rebate