New IVF rebate gives hope to women in Western Sydney

Westmead Hospital Fertility Clinic chief executive officer Dr Lindsay Gillan and medical director Dr Howard Smith.

Families in Western Sydney will now have a better chance of accessing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), thanks to a grant announced by the State government.

Women seeking fertility treatment can now apply for a $500 rebate under the NSW Government’s $42 million election commitment to expand support for IVF services.

Westmead Hospital Fertility Centre medical director, Dr Howard Smith, agrees that fertility treatment can be an expensive and emotionally draining process.

“This support will halve the out-of-pocket cost of an IVF treatment cycle at Westmead Hospital, which will help to ease some of the financial pressure felt by families,” Dr Howard said.

“The rebate will also cover any pre-IVF fertility testing completed since 1 October 2019.

“IVF is the only treatment option for some women who are finding it difficult to fall pregnant, so for many, it will be reassuring to know one of the barriers to IVF is now reduced.”

Westmead Hospital is one of three NSW public hospitals who will be able to pass this saving onto patients, including the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women.

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