The cost of IVF treatment has dropped to $1000 in NSW

The price for IVF fertility treatment has dropped by 90% in NSW in hopes to give more the opportunity to start a family.

NSW has become the first state in the country to offer IVF fertility at $1000, in hopes it will lessen the strain of families who are struggling to have children.

As of now, IVF treatment will cost $1000 when going to public clinics, through Westmead Hospital, RPA and Randwick's Royal Hospital for Women. 

The $1000 will only need to be paid once, covering an unlimited number of rounds needed. Unlike the previous system, one round of IVF cost $10,000, which limited many people's options.

With the new treatment offering, that won't be the case.

"Potentially it could be the difference between able to have children and not being able to have them," Sarah Fox told Channel 9 news. Sarah has welcomed two healthy children from IVF, but admits that treatment caused a severe financial burden, with each cycle costing $10,000.

"It's quite a load on an already stressful time," she added.

The decision to continue another round of IVF will be "based on the likely success of each attempt," 9 news reports.

Women will also be able to apply for a $500 rebate to cover the cost of tests before IVF treatment can begin.

"This will make a big difference when the cost the patient has to pay out of pocket is reduced," says Dr Howard Smith from Westmead Hospital.

One in 22 of Australian children are now born from IVF. While NSW is the only state that has received the additional funding, there's hopes that the offer will expand to the rest of the country in due course.

Women fighting cancer are also able to freeze their eggs for free under the new funding in the public system. 

"The emotional rollercoaster is made that much worse by the cost. So what we are trying to do as a government here in NSW is to make sure we remove some of that extra pressure," Health Minister, Brad Hazzard says.

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