Fury over IVF change
By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE mother Denise Harris has branded a rumoured decision to limit access to IVF treatment as cruel and unnecessary.
Mrs Harris said proposed changes which would see some couples pay more for access to IVF treatment, placing more pressure on already stressed relationships.
There are now no limits on the number of IVF cycles available to women, with Medicare subsidising about half of the $8,000 cost of each IVF cycle.
But under changes rumoured to be under consideration by cabinet ahead of the May 10 budget, women aged under 42 would be able to claim rebates on only three IVF cycles per year and those over 42 three cycles in total. Mrs Harris had IVF treatment to help conceive her third child after entering a new relationship.
"I've been on both sides of the fence and I can tell you from experience how difficult it is to go through this treatment,'' Mrs Harris said.
"People don't need the extra hassle of more costs.