For some fertility treatments like Ovulation Induction, tablets alone may be required. The costs for your treatment are then comprised entirely of the cost of the services provided by Prof Homer.
For treatments involving Artificial Insemination and IVF, a specialty Embryology Laboratory is required for preparing sperm, fertilising eggs and culturing embryos (see my Sections on Artificial Insemination and IVF/ICSI Treatments for more information). Queensland Fertility Group (QFG) owns the largest lab of this kind in Queensland and Prof Homer utilises these services for fertility treatments as it is not feasible for individual specialists to own their own laboratory. QFG determine the fees for the services they provide and these are paid directly to QFG. As an example, the total cost of a cycle of IVF treatment is made up of the following:
- Specialist fees
- QFG fees
- Hospital fees
- Anaesthetic fees (for Egg Pickup)
Prof Homer has control over the fees for his services (Specialist fees) but not the fees charged by QFG, the hospital or the anaesthetist. You will find that Prof Homer’s component of the fees is very competitive with other providers.