IVF Reforms – July 2015
The Australian Federal Government recently announced changes to the existing IVF/GIFT program that manages access to fertility medicines for eligible Medicare card holders.
In the past, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) absorbed the full cost of certain fertility medicines. From 1 July the PBS requires patients to make a contribution towards the cost of their medicines (which are still significantly subsidised by the PBS.
Click here to learn more about the IVF Reforms.What are the changes starting 1 July?
Where can I get my IVF prescriptions dispensed?
Will all pharmacies stock IVF drugs?
In practice, due to the volume of stock required, the cold chain requirements and the support products such as sharps containers, swaps, cooler bags etc., that accompany IVF medications, only a few specialist pharmacies are likely to keep supply on hand.
City Fertility is working with Slade Pharmacy to ensure medications will be conveniently available to City Fertility patients. Slade Pharmacy has more than four years of experience working with IVF clinics and supplying medications and patient information to IVF clients.
Are there maximum quantities allowed for each drug?
Will there be repeats allowed on these prescriptions?
Will there be a cost to me under the new system?
Is there any change to the supply of non-PBS (non-subsidised) medicines?
If I have already started my IVF cycle and need additional medication, how will I receive this?