Repromed supports GP’s with the care of their patients that require fertility investigations and treatment. At our clinic in Remuera, we have a full day stay surgical theatre for all our fertility treatments which provides continuity of care. We also hold consultations in key locations in the northern region.
How to refer your patient for public funding:
HOW IS ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLICLY FUNDED TREATMENT ASSESSED?
All patients have to attend a First Specialist Assessment (FSA) appointment with a fertility specialist at which time the patient’s eligibility will be assessed for publicly funded tertiary treatment using a CPAC scoring tool. To expedite the process, patients can have a private consultation at Repromed to be assessed for public treatment.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY
Auckland and Northland patients must pass the following criteria to access a publicly funded first specialist appointment:
- Have had at least a year of infertility (12 months of intercourse and trying for pregnancy) before they can be referred, unless there is a known severe cause for the infertility (such as very poor quality of sperm or anovulation)
- The woman must be under the age of 40 at the date of referral. Her BMI must be less than 35 on the first specialist appointment date and 32 or under on the treatment start date
- The man must be under the age of 55 years at the date of referral. His BMI must be less than 40 on both the first specialist appointment date and the treatment start date
- Both non-smokers for 3 months prior to treatment
- They will not be eligible if they have two or more children (including adopted children) of any age to the same relationship, or from a previous relationship/s living at home (at least half of the time).
- Both partners must have NZ residency, citizenship or a work visa showing at least 2 years
GPs ARE ABLE TO REFER PATIENTS FOR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FSA APPOINTMENTS
If GPs are arranging a public referral, both partners height/weight information needs to be recorded and the following tests are required:
- Semen analysis
- Antenatal blood screening
- Current smear
- HIV, Hep B, Hep C (male and female)
- FSH (or AMH) and estradiol level Day 2–4 of cycle (within 6 months)
- Progesterone level 6–8 days before menses.
You will then forward the patients referral to the NRFS for a public First Specialist Appointment.
PUBLIC REFERRALS SHOULD BE SENT BY E-REFERRAL
Go to MyHealthLink Portal for e-referral forms or email:
CRITERIA AND WAIT TIMES
Criteria for publicly funded treatment are the same across New Zealand. Patients need to obtain at least 65 points using the fertility CPAC tool. The CPAC score can only be calculated by a fertility specialist.
Current wait times are on the Public Funding page, click HERE to view. Patients can also access private fertility treatment while waiting for their public treatment to start.
Click here for the GP public funding factsheet with IVF cycle overview (updated October 2018)
Detail on eligibility for publicly funded fertility services (updated October 2018)