‘ Use IVF’ to in­crease pop­u­la­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - LABOR LEADERSHIP -

TAX­PAYER funds should be spent on help­ing more Aus­tralian women have ba­bies rather than be­ing than “wasted” on im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, a lead­ing ob­ste­tri­cian has de­clared.

With the Medi­care Ben­e­fits Sched­ule Re­view Task­force ex­pected to push to cap pub­licly funded IVF, Royal Aus­tralian and New Zealand Col­lege of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­nae­col­o­gists pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Steve Robson said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should in­stead over­haul the way it funded re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy.

Not only should pub­licly funded IVF re­main un­capped, women want­ing to freeze their eggs or use donors in sur­ro­gacy ar­range­ments should also be able to re­ceive a re­bate, he said.

While not ad­vo­cat­ing a re­duc­tion in im­mi­gra­tion, which the gov­ern­ment viewed as boost­ing the econ­omy, he said it could help more Aus­tralian women to re­pro­duce, and in­crease the pop­u­la­tion by fund­ing IVF and newer re­pro­duc­tive tech­nolo­gies.

Op­po­si­tion health and Medi­care spokes­woman Cather­ine King warned the gov­ern­ment not to hide the Medi­care Ben­e­fits Sched­ule Re­view Task­force re­port on IVF funds.

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