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Prospective parents who undergo Pre-implantation Genetic Testing will save around $4000 thanks to Medicare.
Some good news for parents undergoing IVF.
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing will now be subsidised by Medicare, saving hopeful parents around $4000 from November 1.
PGT is done on five-day-old embryos, identifying chromosomally healthy ones.
The cleared embryos are then implanted during an IVF cycle.
The process gives parents a much-higher chance of having a healthy baby.
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Pre-implantation Genetic Testing will now be subsidised by Medicare, saving hopeful parents around $4000 from November 1. Source: iStock
“Until now, people who know they are carriers of serious genetic disorders could only access these testing services if they were able to pay privately,” Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told The Sunday Telegraph.
“Medicare funding will support individuals or couples who carry a risk of passing on a serious genetic or chromosomal disorder to their child for which there is no cure and which causes a severe limitation on the quality of life,” Mr Hunt said.
The scientist who pioneered the PGT five day embryo test, Scientific Director of Genea, Steven McArthur, said the Medicare subsidy was an, “amazing outcome for patients who need to use PGT to prevent the passing of serious genetic diseases.
“What is already a difficult process will be made less expensive and now more accessible to patients … it is a great use of Medicare resources,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
The news comes almost 10 months after the Morrison Government contributed a $4.6 million Medical Research Future Fund grant to UNSW Sydney, which they had used to gather data relating to the success rates of IVF clinics in Australia.
The YourIVFSuccess website, which launched in February, provides an easy way for hopeful parents to find and compare fertility clinics according to their individual chances of success.
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The PGT process gives parents a much-higher chance of having a healthy baby. Source: iStock
The online estimation tool gathers basic information relating to your personal situation such as age, previous pregnancies and any known fertility diagnoses and previous treatments. This will then provide a percentage chance of success on your first complete egg retrieval cycle. It also provides the chances of conception over the following two cycles and a cumulative percentage of overall chances of success.
Minister Hunt said the website allows couples to make more informed choices based on their own personal circumstances.
“The YourIVFSuccess website will help people estimate their chances of success through this treatment so that they can make the decisions which are right for them,” he said.
“It allows people to access information based on real world statistical information collected from patients who have undergone IVF treatment.
“The website also includes an IVF Success Estimator so those thinking about starting or continuing IVF can make informed decisions.
“In addition, the new website will provide independent and impartial information about all fertility clinics in Australia, including the clinic’s success rates.”
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Cairns couple Stephanie and Dale Edney talk about their journey through IVF treatment, which has delivered them 3 healthy children. VIDEO: Brendan Radke – Cairns Post
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