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    I should add we have an IVF clinic much closer but they want 10k EPU and IVF with 4.5k back we simply cannot find 10k and be 5.5k out of pocket.

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    We will be going to westmead for Ivf, we can't afford to do Ivf down here.


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    Del - I think some of the cheaper IVF sydney clinics do a 3 day transfer and you could negotiate your usual blood tests, U/sounds from home so it may just be one trip in as long as you could hang around for 3 days to do the transfer. Add $1000 flights to the $1500 IVF Fee, plus $3-400 for some cheapish accommodation plus expenses it could be around the $3k mark which is much cheaper than your home town (but on par with the medium cost places).

    I had read about some clinics doing consults via skype and using a local blood collection service too. There are a few in Queensland that outline the details of remote clients on their web sites that I found useful as an option to pose to a clinic if they didn't have a set arrangement. I have also read about inter state people using sydney clinics because of their price/ reputation.

    I'm using a clinic near me for my first couple of cycles. I think it will be $4-5k out of pocket but driving the 3 hrs to sydney for $1500 treatment is very tempting I will serious consider it if I go through 2 cycles without good results.

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    It sucks doesn't it? I know some don't agree with more funding for IVF but why can't all places be forced to only take the gap off patients then get medicare later? or why can't there even be an agreement where the govt funds more the first 2 cycles then it goes back to the gap it is now?

    Are rural or low/middle income people less worthy of children??? I see on IVF debate threads on here where people say the tax payer shouldn't have to fund it, but the govt with fund single mums with 4/5/6 kids (which I fully support btw) born naturally on the pension, but bc we can't have a baby naturally we are less worthy of financial aid? makes me mad.

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    So what is actually the process after EPU? Is it then just the transfer? why does it take 3 days. Think it might be time to start investigating the process.

    **** I never thought we would have to turn to IVF

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    I see you've started up another thread so hopefully some more experienced people give you some good advice. I'm canberra, so ok prices but not super cheap.

    Procedure at my centre is generally blood test to check your hormones are all low. start drugs - daily injections. Blood test and ultrasound after 5-6 days to check progress and see if they need to switch your drugs up a bit. blood test and ultrasound every 2 days. when you're ready you take a trigger shot and go into day surgery for sedation and Egg Pick Up (EPU) 36 hours later. This is somewhere between days 11-16 usually. eggs fertilize and grow. They put the eggs back in 3 or 5 days later (depends on the centres protocol), this procedure is apparently like a papsmear.

    If you had to go into sydney, you could try go in for EPU and hang around for 3 days for them to put the egg back in. I'm pretty sure they could manage the rest of it remotely. Blood tests and ultrasounds are all bulk billed at my centre but you may have some costs for these if you were doing it locally.

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    It seems Liverpool IVF only charge 850 for HCC holders I wonder if they only charge the gap or that is just the out of pocket?

    I possibly have somewhere to stay but 3 days might be too much. PLus DH with have to come right? how does that side of it work?? so they put his boys on ice or does he have to be there for a contribution for transfer?

    Ahhh so many questions. Might ring the Liverpool clinic in the next week or so to find out how it all works. Apparently you can do the bloods and u/s rurally but there will be a cost to that. PLus it seems we'll have to travel up for the initial consult

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    Hi Del, if you go thru WFC, I'm pretty sure you can do a phone or skype consult instead of face to face for the first appt. Hubby is only needed on egg pick up day (not for transfer day). Westmead also will prob have really cheap short term accomm in the nurses quarters. Last time I checked it was $60-80/night xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    It seems Liverpool IVF only charge 850 for HCC holders I wonder if they only charge the gap or that is just the out of pocket?
    Really 850 for HCC holders?!!! I'm a pensioner so I would really like some money off.


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    Hi Del your dh gives his sample the day of your egg collection as they fertilise the eggs that afternoon. Dh doesn't have to be there for transfer but I like dh to come - I feel like he should be there when I get pregnant!

    Me - 30, Dh - 38 ttc #1 since June 2011
    natural bfp June 2012 - mc 5.5 weeks; 5 cycles clomid; 1 unsuccessful ivf.


 

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