Repromed is proud to offer publicly funded fertility services in the Northern Region. The awarded government contract enables us to provide high-quality, evidence-based, personalised care to our publicly funded clients. For those hoping for public funding of fertility treatment, here is a quick overview of the process.
To start with, a doctor needs to assess each patient’s eligibility – this can be done via your GP, or a Repromed specialist can do this if a private consultation is booked.
Some of the eligibility to refer you for a specialist consultation, also known as a First Specialist Appointment (FSA) includes:
- Has been unsuccessful with pregnancy after 12 months of intercourse
- The woman must be under the age of 40 at the date of referral with a BMI 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 with a BMI less than 40 on both the first specialist appointment date and the treatment start date
- Cannot have two or more children (of any age, including adopted or from previous relationship if living at home at least half the time)
- Both parties need to be NZ citizens or NZ residents or have a valid work visa for over two years
- Both parties must be non-smokers for three months minimum prior to treatment
If the criteria are met, the doctor will refer their patient to the Northern Region Fertility Service. They will then be randomly allocated to a fertility clinic who will send a letter asking for proof of residency and then send a confirmation letter. On receipt of this confirmation, patients will need to phone the allocated fertility clinic to book their first appointment (this is called a First Specialist Appointment, or FSA). Patients are not able to request a specific fertility clinic and the waiting list varies by clinic. The good news is that all NZ fertility clinics operate to the highest quality standards, and results are similar.
If you’re interested in the Northern Region Fertility Service eligibility detail, you can see the full document HERE.
Publicly Funded Fertility Preservation – prior to cancer treatment
For those that are about to start cancer treatment, fertility may be able to be preserved and public funding may be available. Fertility preservation includes sperm and embryo freezing and storage, IVF treatment and surgical sperm retrieval. The eligibility criteria must be met which includes no biological children. To read the full details of eligibility criteria, click HERE and refer to pages 14 and 15.
For any queries about public funding, please contact our Public Funding Coordinator on 09 524 1232 or email .