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A cash rebate of up to $2000 will be offered to women undergoing IVF treatment in NSW to help reduce their treatment costs.

About 12,000 women who are using private fertility clinics are set to benefit from the rebate, while a further 6,180 women will get access to publicly funded IVF treatment, as part of an $80 million package.

The package will also extend rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing and provide five days of paid fertility leave for teachers, nurses and other public servants in NSW.

The number of fertility preservation services for patients with cancer and other medical needs will also be boosted.

“We know that the costs of these treatments can be prohibitively expensive,” NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said.

“No-one should have to face the impossible choice between looking after their household budget and starting a family. I’m so proud NSW continues to lead the nation, helping thousands of families fulfil their dream of having a baby.”

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One in about 20 births in Australia involve some sort of assisted reproductive treatment.

“We want to make sure the costs don’t stop women from accessing fertility services which would give them the best chance of being able to conceive,” said Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

The $2000 rebate will open on 1 January, 2023, and women who have undergone eligible treatment from 1 October 2022 will be able to submit a claim once the scheme is open.

The rebate will initially be open to 12,000 eligible women, before a full evaluation is completed and any extension of the scheme is considered.

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  • Such an amazing news . Thank you

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  • So nice to hear that they are finally starting to provide help to these families!

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  • This is wonderful news for women who wish to start a family but I don’t think it should be available for Mum’s who wish to have more children. This would mean that potential first time Mother’s could miss out on this financial help.

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  • I guess this rebate is a good thing.

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  • I’m sure those needing IVF in NSW will be very happy to receive this rebate.

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  • This is fantastic. I have not need to go down this route but so great for those that are already dealing with hard times

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  • I think this is great, so many people suffer from fertility issues and relieving the financial burden is the least we can do.

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  • What a fantastic scheme for NSW mothers to be

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  • What a great initiative. I hope this helps those who need it.

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  • Amazing news for those in NSW.

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  • Wow, that would have been very handy when I was going through IVF. I was out-of-pocket for everything.

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  • A great start, if only it was in every state.

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  • Oh wow and its about time they need all the support they can get

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  • This is a start! We need to take this as a positive. Our rainbow baby is 14 weeks old conceived with love and a bit of science. It’s so expensive! I truly hope this can take a little pressure off some future Mums!

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  • I can imagine women going through this will be very happy and blessed with this rebate.

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