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    hey katrea
    i ranf the clinic yesterday to get the info book i have been googling like crazy to try and get a clearer understanding but i am more confused cause people are saying you pay 1450 and get 700 back straight away and others saying you get the 700 back till the end of the yr aahh which one is it lol

    $200 for injections is there any other meds that are needed for a stim cycle?(besides the pressies)


    i called dr howard smiths office the one near the dental block

    and the lovely lady said he is booked up till jan 2012 and the cost to see him is

    First appt :$380 for dh and i

    medicare give us :$240 back so the first appt is $140 oop for both of us

    any appt after that is

    $100 each =$200 and medicare give us $120.. oop cost $80 for the both of us
    but if its yourself goin not dh on the second appt medicare rebate is $60 out of $100


    i am calling back on monday to get the next appt avaliable for jan so we have heaps of time to go to our own dr and get all the testing out of the way i ve already had my lap and hsg and dh has had his SA so just need to get the rest done i see my gp on monday to dissus them .

    i am getting excited about finally goin in a positive direction

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    I did a cycle in October and paid $1450 I haven't received my $700 back yet. I think when's get your chq back from medicare to send to wfc is when you get your $700

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    aahhh that makes more sense did you have to pay for your Puregon or is that included with the price ? i know the first lot of injections to stop my hormones are about $200 i am just trying to get a ruff idea of all the cost of one cycle is so we can save for 2 cycles before we start any advice would be great

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    From the info guide:

    Pessaries $4.60 each
    Synarel for all cycles (IVF and ICSI include one bottle) $110
    Orgalutran Included with stimulated cycles (IVF or ICSI) Free
    (however private order cost is $310)
    Cetrotide $310 (its has an astrix next to it saying that these prices are in addition to the price for a standard IVF or ICSI cycle)
    Crinone Gel (box of 15) $180
    Lucrin (1 bottle) $200

    Costs for an IVF Cycle - No Safety-Net Claim Option

    IVF or ICSI - First Treatment Cycle
    Payment to Westmead prior to commencing treatment:
    $1450 for both IVF and ICSI
    Medicare cheque sent to you for payment to WFC:
    IVF - $3371.75
    ICSI - $3713.55
    Initial out of pocket cost:
    $1450 for IVF or ICSI
    Medicare Safety Net Refund: $0
    WFC Refund: $750 for IVF and ICSI*
    Conditions Apply

    Final Out of Pocket Cost: $700* conditions apply.

    *costs for any blood tests or ultrasounds done during the treatment cycle outside of WFC will be deducted from this amount.

    It also lists additional fees by the patient: Stimulation drugs such as Synarel, Lucrin and Crinone are not included in the cost of your cycle. Patient will need to purchase there separately. Alternatively, WFC can provide these stimulation drugs as an additional charge.

    Mind you i was told you have to pay for the Lucrin or Synarel and the Pessaries if you need them and the other drugs were included so upon reading the info book am now more confused... Hope this helps a little, there is more I info on us sawing cycles or the claim back options I can post if anyone's interested.

    Dammit about the appointment I was hoping to get one in early december, I may have to try a different specialist.

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    oohh dear i am confused also i am goin to call them monday with a list of questions
    dr howard smith has 2 offices if you look up on the web site he has 2 contacts i called the office thats in the dental block so maybe if you call the other private office you may get in sooner

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    Yeah, i know, confusing. Ive rung them twice already, a week or so ago and they were really great to talk to and as I'm traveling they were really helpful about that and helping organise things so we can have fewer trips.

    I do recommend a book to anyone looking at IVF, its called the Complete Guide to IVF: An Inside View of fertility clinics and treatment by Kate Brian. Im about half way through it and it explains the process really well and has real peoples views and has suggested a few extra things i hadn't thought to ask such as can my hubby come in with me when the egg retrieval is being done? (im a sook i wont handle sedation well if hes not there)
    Its $29.95 in bookstores or if you have a kindle its available on the Kindle Store for $9.99 and its fantastic.

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    we will be traveling also we are from maitland area so not to far but thats great that they can arrange thing to make it easyer

    i will have a look into getting the book also sound very interesting thank you

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    We're going to be traveling from QLD. A two hour drive then an hour and a half flight I think, I can't quite remember and then the same home again. But it will still be heaps cheaper than doing it here where we live.
    They told me they can make the specialists appointment on one day and the nurses appointment either later that day or the next day, which is great and then we can have all the blood tests and such done here in QLD for convenience.

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    wow thats great they sound very nice and supportive
    i hope you can get into dr smith in dec try both the numbers on the web site i am goin to get all the paper work and nitty gritty out of the way first while we are saving so when we can we can just start on the next cycle we are hoping by march to have the savings which gives us plenty of time .

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    My hubby had a vasectomy about 10 years ago so thats our main problem, as far as im aware im all fine.
    Are you having tests done through your local doctor before going to the clinic?
    Maybe i should look into this too. Weve budgeted to have enough in December to go down for a night or two for my birthday and have the Specialists appointment and the nurses appointment and get a proper figure on the costs when were there and as soon as we have that money go down for a cycle, looking at early next year if all goes to plan. Am so excited.

    On a side note, the BMI cut off that people are complaining about, its not a discriminatory thing there are actual health reasons for this and the higher your BMI the less chance of success and the more complications that can arise for mum and bub, thats not to say it will be a problem but i don't think i would like to take that risk.


 

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