At Melbourne IVF, we provide access to world-class fertility treatment and advanced science with a range of payment options to help you manage the cost of fertility treatment. If you register for the online medical rebate you will be out of pocket for no more than 5-10 days.
How much does IVF cost?
Melbourne IVF treatment cycle costs cover all aspects of treatment
The following table provides an estimate of expected out-of-pocket costs for fertility treatment at Melbourne IVF for a couple who have already reached the Medicare Safety Net threshold during the calendar year in which they are undertaking fertility treatment, and who have private health insurance.
|Initial stimulated IVF cycle|
|> Subsequent stimulated IVF cycle|
|Initial stimulated IVF cycle with ICSI|
|> Subsequent stimulated IVF cycle with ICSI|
|Frozen embryo transfer (thaw cycle)|
|Intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle|
Figures quoted correct as at April 2016
There are no hidden fees in the IVF costs outlined above, which include:
- Management of the treatment cycle which covers all specialist/nursing consultations, ultrasound scans, and blood tests during the treatment cycle, standard laboratory scientific techniques and on-going supportive counselling while in treatment (Item No 13209)
- Egg collection procedure (Item No 13212)
- Embryo transfer procedure and the first pregnancy blood test and early pregnancy care support (Item No 13215)
Fertility specialist consultation and initial tests
The first step in any treatment plan is to consult a Melbourne IVF fertility specialist who will assess your medical history and determine what is most appropriate for your individual circumstances. There is a Medicare rebate for this initial consultation. Please check with your chosen fertility specialist with regards to the out of pocket fee that you can expect.
Before you begin treatment your fertility specialist may request some further investigations, such as blood tests (many of these are bulk-billed), semen analysis or ultrasound tests. For tests that are not bulk-billed, you may be able to claim part of these costs back through Medicare.
New patient appointments
If your fertility specialist recommends in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or artificial insemination (IUI) you will need to attend a series of new patient information appointments. At these, we tell you what you need to know about your upcoming treatment.
New patient appointments include:
- Mandatory counselling: with both partners (as required by Victorian law), to help you consider any issues that may arise in your upcoming treatment, and to sign mandatory consent forms
- New patient information: a session with a fertility nurse who explains the IVF cycle (with any specific medications your doctor has ordered for you), teaches you injections techniques and discusses your medications.
- Patient liaison administration: to explain the costs associated with your treatment, payment plan options, estimated Medicare rebates and the role of private health care insurance.
IVF medications & day surgery fees
While most IVF medications are covered by Medicare, some are not. You should allow up to $500 for medication for each treatment cycle. However, this may be significantly less, depending on your treatment.
Our East Melbourne clinic hosts a pharmacy on-site offering a personalised, quick and convenient service.
Day surgery fees
Hospital bed fees and anaesthetic fees associated with the egg collection and embryo transfer procedures for IVF/ICSI treatments (including frozen embryo transfer cycles) are not included in the IVF cost table. Private hospital insurance may cover some or all of these costs, and we advise you to check with your private health fund.
When you have IVF treatment at our East Melbourne clinic, you are admitted to East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital (EMSDH), Royal Women's Hospital, Waverley Private Hospital Day Procedure Centre or the Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital as a patient. When contacting your private health fund provider, please quote item numbers 13212 (egg collection) and 13215 (embryo transfer) – these apply to all day hospital locations.
If you do not have private insurance, the cost of your procedure will vary depending on the day hospital where the procedure is performed and the anaesthetist. As a guide, you can expect to pay up to $985 for the day hospital egg collection procedure and $468 for the embryo transfer procedure. The anaesthetist fee is approximately $250-$300 and a Medicare rebate will apply. If you are having your procedure at the Royal Women’s Hospital, your Patient Liaison Administrator will discuss these costs with you.
PGD & Advanced science costs
If your treatment involves advanced diagnostics, including Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) these services are charged in addition to your IVF treatment cycle costs.
|PGD - Monogenic (Karyomapping)||$700*||Nil|
|PGS - Chromosomal screening||$700*||Nil|
*Per thawed embryo transfer with a maximum fee for cryopreserved embryos from one stimulated IVF cycle at $2,460 for Karyomapping and $3,995 for chromosomal screening.
|Sperm freezing per sample||$300||Nil|
|Sperm, egg and embryo storage||$210*||Nil|
*Sperm, egg and embryo storage is billed every six months, with the first billing period at the end of the first six months of storage.
For information on other advanced science treatments or programs, including social egg freezing, international patients or treatment using an egg, sperm or embryo donor, or with a surrogate, please contact our Community Liaison Administrator on 1800 111 483 or via email.