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#1 dimensionk

Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

I heard an add for this on the radio yesterday

Strangely, on their website, you send in your police checks to MIVF..

I know there's more to consider than the price, but if we don't have luck with MIVF after two stim cycles, then we'll be out of any credit card cashola...

Thinking this might be a good option for us then (if need be! ...hopefully not necessary!!!).

#2 kez71

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

mm..the cost list doesn't include the drugs. I know when i picked up my last lot of drugs the nurse told me it was over $3000 worth of drugs..so unless they did include them and its just not written down, then id say the out of pocket expense won't be much different to other clinics. Its certainly worth enquiring though.

#3 dimensionk

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Thanks for the tip, I will shoot them an email asking about this. wink.gif

#4 dimensionk

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

Tho come to think of it, when you were told that, did they just mean the cost prior to medicare rebates?

I know MIVF doesn't include medication but then says to allow up to $450 for out of pocket costs, which doesn't seem too bad.

#5 dimensionk

Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

Just received a speedy reply...
Any medication is usually included in the treatment costs.
The only time you would need to pay for anything is if you are prescribed the oral contaceptive pill, Estrogen tablets or progesterone pessaries. None of these are covered by the goverment.
These would be prescribed only if there is a need for them; they are not routine meds.
Hope this helps.

#6 aidensmum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

There's a similar place just opened on the Sunshine Coast. The do pick up cycles for about 1/3 of normal cost. Catch is that you then have to do FET at their regular clinic at normal price. Same doctors rotate thru both clinics. They say you see whatever Drs on that day rather than the same one everytime and appt times are less flexible. I thought about it for five min, but convenience and seeing same dr is important to me and I spend more on FET than once a year pickups.

#7 dimensionk

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

I did notice thst they didn't specify FET costs on their website! I will have to ask about this.

#8 *LiMa*

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

I notice they said things like progesterone pessaries are not included - just be aware that they are expensive.  At the moment they are costing me $200 per week, by the time I have my 7 week scan next week thats almost $1000, and at this stage I don't have a finishing date for needing them.  Luckily the first few weeks were included in the medication costs, but we definitely didn't anticipate needing to spend quite so much each week.

#9 mez70

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

The other thing is to check do they do all IVF services such as Gift, Mift, PGD etc or do they then need to on refer for the more complex stuff... I say an add in my local paper about this today and I must admit it did get my interest and was wondering how they do the billing etc. i am assuming they are lodging the bills to Medicare as unpaid so getting gap payment only.....Will be interesting to see what the flow on effects will be to other clinics as well......

#10 Chill-Pill

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

That sounds fantastic! I wonder who the fertility specialist will be?

#11 dimensionk

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

I think you just get a random specialist each time.

I think they're the real deal with being cheap.

My main worry would be their unknown success rates (although they say they use the same lab procedures as MIVF ....but that doesn't mean they do as good a job!).
I think FET in particular some clinics are so bad at they don't even try, so I would be worried about that ...until they've done enough to publish their success rates...

Appointment times might also be an issue I imagine.

Who knows though, would love to hear from anyone who uses their Dandenong clinic in the near future.

Reviews for their Springwood (Brisbane) clinic seem very positive!

#12 domestically~challenged

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

MIVF used to have a Dandenong satellite clinic. I used it when I did IVF. Sounds like a way to reinvent that. I don't think you would get much personal service but when it comes to money and chasing the end goal we do what we have to do.

#13 AmberNut

Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

They are the same company as MIVF hence the same procedures etc. in the lab. The only difference is the don't do advanced protocols such as PGD and you generally don't develop a relationship with FS. They are a member of VIRTUS Health

#14 dimensionk

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for the info.  original.gif

In what way are they the same company though?

I can't seem to find a relationship between
VIRTUS HEALTH PTY LTD (ABN 80 129 643 492) and
MELBOURNE IVF PTY LTD (ABN 48 007 243 352)

Officially speaking anyway! I did read about them using the same lab procedures.

Edited by dimensionk, 30 November 2012 - 02:27 PM.

#15 dimensionk

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:24 PM

Ah, found this - virtushealth.com.au/about-us/board-of-directors


#16 domestically~challenged

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

Access to Advanced Treatments and Services:  The following services are not available through The Fertility Centre but can be accessed through our affiliate clinic at Melbourne IVF:

•Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
•Donor eggs, sperm or embryos
•Egg freezing

Once you have received your Criminal Record Check, you can either give it to a Patient Liaison Administrator or post it to:

The Fertility Centre
C/- Melbourne IVF
Suite 10, 320 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002

We will return the original Criminal (Police) Record Check to you once all administrative processes have been completed.

Embryo freezing also is not included in the stim cost where the first 6 months usually is - this bumps the price up a little too.

Edited by domestically~challenged, 30 November 2012 - 03:00 PM.

#17 dimensionk

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

Oh yeah I saw that, but affiliated doesn't mean they're the same company. Maybe I'm being pedantic though! original.gif

#18 domestically~challenged

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

They freeze your embryos at/through MIVF and FET's are done through MIVF. It's the same Patient Liaison Team as MIVF, counsellors, nurses, FS's, etc. etc. To me it's pretty much the same thing.

#19 dimensionk

Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:49 PM

Oh wow I didn't realise all that, I see your point! How did you find that out?

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