IVF in Australia: Facts and Stats - dummies

IVF in Australia: Facts and Stats

By Karin Hammarberg

Part of IVF & Beyond For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Australia, infertility treatment such as IVF is generously subsidised by the government via Medicare. Therefore, IVF is more accessible, cheaper and safer in Australia than in many other countries. Here are a few facts about IVF in Australia:

  • There are about 75 IVF clinics around Australia.

  • In 2007, more than 52,000 IVF treatment cycles were performed at these clinics.

  • About 10,000 IVF babies were born in 2007.

  • About 600 of these 10,000 babies were born as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation.

  • About 3 per cent of all babies born in Australia are IVF babies.

  • IVF treatment is subsidised by Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.