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    Hi there,

    My daughter, conceived through ICSI, is now a cheeky 2 and 1/2 years old. To conceive our baby girl, we went through Queensland Fertility Group who we found very professional and pleasant to go through.

    We have now decided that we would like to try for a second and would be most comfortable going back through QFG, however we have heard that some clinics now offer bulk billing. We are a bit skeptical though, so I'm looking for some advice. Has anyone had a successful cycle with one of the bulk billing services? Is there anything QFG would do that they don't do? It would be difficult going through someone else when we had so much success the first time, but money is always an issue of course. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    I didn't use a low cost IVF clinic myself so I could be wrong, but I believe that most of these clinics just do standard IVF and take a bit of a one size fits all approach. I don't think they do 'extra' things like ICSI. But definitely worth looking into to find out for sure as it would be a significant saving!

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    Hi NessieJ. I think there is a thread for all the ladies using Bne BB IVF, hopefully someone can link it for you.

    They only do straight forward IVF/ICSI and the dose is generally the same for everyone. Depending on tgrbcause of your infertility, it could be perfect for you. Doses aren't adjusted and they don't deal with complicated cases of infertility ie; immune issues etc. It's $500/cycle for the private hospital day surgery fees, plus your drugs @ $38.30 each, Lucrin trigger for about $150 (I think) then your progesterone support up to 12 weeks which is quite a bit. It's a freeze all cycle with FETs.

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    I used the fertility centre which is a low cost ivf centre and have a 3 year old son I have also gone through Bulk bill ivf at Spring hill and am 16 weeks pregnant

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    Thanks for your response. Do you know what the difference in cost was? Upfront and out of pocket? Also, did the bulk billing service adapt to your specific needs? Any idea if they were offering Iccsi?
    And of course congrats on both accounts. How lovely for you.

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    Bulk bill really have a one treatment plan suits all you get dose of 150iu and all embryos are grown out to blasty stage and frozen and you do a frozen transfer. The cost of that including ICSi as that is my main reason for IVf is less than $1200 out of pocket $500 EPU $440ish for ICSI and about $200 for meds I think.
    The fertility centre I think you outlay about $3000 and then end up about $2200 out of pocket. Both clinics offer icsi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meshell23 View Post
    Bulk bill really have a one treatment plan suits all you get dose of 150iu and all embryos are grown out to blasty stage and frozen and you do a frozen transfer. The cost of that including ICSi as that is my main reason for IVf is less than $1200 out of pocket $500 EPU $440ish for ICSI and about $200 for meds I think.
    The fertility centre I think you outlay about $3000 and then end up about $2200 out of pocket. Both clinics offer icsi
    Hi Meshell,

    Belated congrats! May I ask if you got pregnant at first round at bulk billing IVF clinic? I have 3y.o DD too and trying for another with no success. I was with Springwood clinic with my first successful one then last 6 months 3 FET failed. But now thinking about changing it to Bulk billing IVF. Overall, did you feel good about the clinic? I am 41 this year, not really feeling hopeful coz of my age

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    My clinic is a low cost clinic, it does offer ICSI and various protocols/doses/medications. They put me on the standard protocol to begin with, but when it wasn't successful they put me on a different protocol with higher dosage. Maybe other low cost clinics don't offer this, but mine does. You probably need to check the clinic out before deciding. I haven't been to a private clinic, so maybe they would offer more protocols/options there, but I think it depends on if you need it or not. You obviously know what protocol works for you, since it worked first go last time.

    My clinic success rates are just as good as any other clinic, so I am happy to give it a go, at least for 3 cycles. My clinic is not for profit, so any profits go back into the clinic (new equipment etc) which I think is better than going into a shareholders pocket. The only down side is that they are very busy! It can take up to an hour on hold for them to answer the phone. Even when they finally answer, the nurses are unavailable and will call you back (but that can take hours, or the next day). It was a little frustrating. They do have an emergency line for emergencies only though.
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    I got pregnant first go through bulk bill ivf they were great x

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    i was with qfg wazza sentme to budget so off to myivf and they were professional and as lovely as ever. i was on max doasages with them too, it's mainly scans done by nurses and less seeing the dr but i found it fine. just try it out and make your own mind up about them. when i changed to them it was on my third cycle of ivf so i knew the process and knew what questions to ask as opposed to people who go there straight up. after we hit the safety net we were out of pocket $800 and i've got private health so hospital wasn't anything extra. if you don't have private health they will do the embryo transfer in the rooms as opposed to the hospital upstairs apparently.


 

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