A new government plan will provide a financial reimbursement of up to $2,000 to NSW women undergoing IVF or other reproductive procedures.
Under the $80 million plan, another 6,180 women will be able to have publicly funded IVF therapy.
Mr Kean said in a statement on Sunday, “We recognize that the expenses of these therapies might be unreasonably exorbitant.”
‘No-one should have to face the impossible choice between looking after their household budget and starting a family.’
A single cycle of IVF can cost Australian couples up to $10,000.
Adora Fertility, which bulk-bills for some IVF-related expenses, is able to reduce that cost to about $1500.
‘With today’s announcement, Adora Fertility patients could potentially have no out of pocket expenses for their fertility treatments,’ Adora’s national medical director Paul Atkinson said.
‘Cost is a major barrier to couples accessing fertility treatment. We believe that high-quality fertility treatment should be accessible to all Australian couples.’
The $80 million package will also extend rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing, boost the number of fertility preservation services and provide five days of paid fertility leave for teachers, nurses and other public servants.
The $2000 rebate scheme will open on January 1, but women who undergo an eligible procedure from October 1 can also submit a claim.