‘ Use IVF’ to increase population
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.