The Price of Infertility

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Just out of curiosity, I thought I would calculate the cost of all of our fertility treatments so far. I know that it will probably shock me (and maybe you too), considering we only started seeking fertility treatment last August, and it hasn’t even been a whole year yet. And knowing that our infertility treatment is far from over yet. But here goes anyway.

– Anti Mullerian Hormone Assay (AMH) test- $75.00

– Specialist Consultation (FS appointment)- Dr D Molloy-  $98.00

Laparoscopy # 1

– Day Hospital Fees for Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy (to diagnose endometriosis)- $1123.00

– Specialist Fees for performing Laparoscopy- Dr D Molloy- $962.50

– Anaesthetist Fees for Laparoscopy- $603.00

Laparoscopy # 2

– Pathology Fees for Histopathology of endometriosis- $226.80

– Specialist Fees for performing Laparoscopy- Dr D Molloy- $2, 329.50

– Hospital Fees (Overnight stay)- $6907.70

– Anaesthetist Fees for Laparoscopy- $740.00

Laparoscopy # 3

– Day Hospital Fees for Laparoscopy (to check for any adhesions post laparoscopy #2)- $1020.55

– Specialist Fees for performing Laparoscopy & D&C- Dr D Molloy- $962.50

– Anaesthetist Fees for Laparoscopy- $365.35

IVF/ART Procedures

– Administration Fee (to register with Clinic- QFG)- $205.00

– Specialist Consultation (FS appointment)- Dr D Molloy- $98.00

IVF Fresh Cycle #1

– Fees to QFG for IVF cycle- $7415.00

– Egg Pick Up at Day Hospital- $933.00

– Specialist Fees for Planning and Management of IVF Cycle and performing Egg Pick Up- Dr D Molloy- $747.00

– Anaesthetist Fees for Egg Pick Up- $267.25

IVF Fresh Cycle #2

– Fees to QFG for IVF cycle- $7860.00

– ICSI Fees- $780

– Egg Pick Up at Day Hospital- $933.00

– Transfer of Embryo at Day Hospital- $435.00

– Specialist Fees for Planning and Management of IVF Cycle and performing Egg Pick Up and Transfer of Embryo- Dr D Molloy-$937.00

– Anaesthetist Fees for Egg Pick Up- $267.25

– Pathology Fees- HCG Bloodtest and Progesterone Bloodtest- $170.00

– Ultrasound and Consultation with Specialist- Dr D Molloy- $183.00

– Specialist Consultation (FS appointment)- Dr D Molloy- $98.00

On top of this there is also the natural therapies we have used to try and assist with our fertility, which are ongoing costs every week

– Old Naturopath- $4269.10 +approximately $1 000 spent on new naturopath

– Acupuncture- roughly around $1000 (excluding herbs)

– Chiropractics- roughly around $1000

– Strength, determination, time and commitment and a trip on an emotional rollercoaster- priceless

So far this is a rough guide of costs, as some expenses I cannot find the receipts for but the grand total comes to a whopping total of $44,011.50.

We have received some rebates from our private health ancillary cover, but unfortunately we are still in the waiting period to qualify for hospital cover. Medicare also does provide some rebates for the IVF cycles, but not nearly enough, especially considering we will be needing to go back for another round.

While $44, 011.50 is a huge amount, and we could achieve so many of our dreams with that money (including a deposit on an acreage that we so badly want, or a wedding), we have no hesitation in spending it and parting with it and putting our other dreams aside, if it means achieving our biggest dream of becoming parents. And we will continue spending our hard earnt money on our fertility treatment if that’s what it takes.

What would you do with $44, 011.50?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The Price of Infertility

  1. 2infertilityandbeyond

    Oh my god that’s unbelievable – it makes me so sad that the health care system is so different and you don’t have the NHS. The NHS gets a lot of stick over here for different things but when I see all that money you have had to spend it makes me realise how lucky we r here xxx I hope you get your baby soon honey xxx sending you lots of love and luck xxx

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