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    My hubby's 37 so 40 doesn't seem that old to me. 16 years between us (i was a December baby)

    At the moment all the planning and organising is very consuming, gives me something to focus on outside of work tho which is nice. I'm a little bit OCD and ADHD so I will focus on one thing until its planned to the last detail and underway then start the next occasionally editing the original plans as well. I like to be informed about the future.

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    Hi Katrea and Miffy - I'm doing my first cycle with WFC at the moment for the same reason you guys are heading there. My hubby has had the snip too

    Wishing both of you lots of luck

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    Fingers crossed for all of us!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katrea View Post
    Does anyone have a recent full price list or them? Ive rang and their sending me one but it's going to take a week as I'm in Qld and I'm impatient and excited about being able to try and trying to choose a clinic, seems westmead is easier to get into than RPAH and a little easier with the travel I will be doing but a little more expensive, so it comes down to affordability..

    Also does anyone know some of the specialist fees for the first appt for westmead? How many specialist spots did you have to have and are the fees the same for each one? Is there a rebate? I know they told me if I choose to only pay the gap amount there's no rebate on the cycle and any testing I have done at home in Qld.
    Any help would be appreciated..
    Hi we too were travelling from Qld, before we moved to vic. For us it worked out a lot cheaper to go to westmead then a centre in Qld.
    An ivf cycle is $1450, you get $700 of that back. We had to pay $200 for medication. The first doctors appointment was free but after that it is $200 each (which I think you claim back on Medicare) we only saw the doc once and dealt with the nurses for all other appointments
    Our frozen cycles are $550 out of pocket, so we are happy about that!!
    I also stayed at the lodge on the hospital grounds which I think was $35 dollars a night. I hope this helps a bit!!

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    Awesome, I was told the specialist appt was going to be $190 each to see Dr Smith but theres a rebate on that so its not too bad, even adding that in its still cheaper than up here.

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    Bonbon, where did you stay??? $35 a night? What was the name of it?
    I stayed at the Wesley lodge and it cost me $130 a night

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    Great info ladies keep it coming We need all the info we can get being out of towners

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    hi ladys
    dh and i are parparing for ivf next yr and was wondering if anyone can tell me the cost that are involved with westmead and fs for one cycle i want to get our finances in order so it one less thing to worry about when we start cause we dont have alot of money but goin to save
    can you just pay the gap with westmead or do you have to have the full cost up front ?

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    You can just pay the gap, the $1450 as opposed to the full price of $4000-5000 or pay the full price and get the full 80% rebate after your medicate threshold is reached.

    Also you will need one of these depending on what the doctor and you decide, no rebate on them.
    Lucrin (injection) $200 or
    Synarel (nasal spray) $140 I think
    They control the ovulation from what I understand.

    You will also need Progesterone Supplements after transfer,
    Either Progesterone Pessaries or Crinone Gel. The gel is covered as part of the cycle costs, the pessaries if you need them are $4.60 each an are taken for 12 weeks I think and often 2 a day. Not sure under what circumstances they are needed tho.
    There is another medication that is covered as part of the cycle but I can't remember it off hand.

    Then the specialists appts, dr Howard Smith is $190 per person with a rebate available $380 for you and the hubby both ad you both need to go. Not sure about the other specialists prices.

    If your hubby needs sperm aspirated in a procedure thats got an extra cost of around $200 as well, the nurse wasn't sure on that price off hand.

    I haven't got my info pack and price list yet, everything I've just quoted I got given over the phone, they were super nice and helpful and even had one of the nurses ring and chat to me for a bit. When I get the price list I'll post it on here, but if you ring and ask they will give you as much info as they can.

    Hope that helped a little, I'm in the same boat as you, wanting desperately to start but unable to afford it and the loan I applied for to cover it and travel costs was declined yesterday resulting in a lot of tears as I had gotten my hopes up a lot..

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    I got the info pack the other day and finally went through it, the info is great, the price list on the other hand confused me a little...there's what they quoted me and what the price list says for a few things.. And I still have questions that I need to ring them about, pretty sure they will get sick of me ringing at some point.. I think I'm just going to book the specialists appointments for early December, as a birthday present trip to Sydney and hope I can get it cleared up and explained better then.


 

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