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IVF costs slashed in NSW

The cost of IVF will be slashed for thousands of women in selected NSW public hospitals.

A round of IVF will cost a maximum of $1000 at the publicly supported clinics based at Westmead Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Randwick’s Royal Hospital for Women.

That is down from an average cost of between $2000 and $6000 for one round.

The government has not announced a cap on how many rounds of IVF will be subsidised per patient, nor the eligibility criteria, but it will be offered to 6000 women in the next three-and-a-half years.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard tells Deborah Knight medical practitioners advised the government on the details of the new initiative.

“The taxpayers of NSW are going to be helping our fellow citizens on this.

“There will be no limit [on subsidised rounds] from the government’s point of view, we’ve accepted the medical advice on that.”

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