Once it becomes necessary to seek fertility advice, your first step will be to get a referral, for yourself and your partner. You can contact RMA for an appointment and bring your referrals with you on the day.
Your referral will allow you to claim a rebate from Medicare.
It is important to know a referral from a GP is valid for 12 months. A referral from a specialist will only remain valid for 3 months.
At your first appointment, your infertility specialist will assess both of you and organise any tests required. You will be advised of any choices available with your special circumstances in mind.
Any previous history will be reviewed. If you have the results of relevant tests performed prior to contacting RMA, it would be advisable to bring them with you.
Immediately after your specialist assessment, you will see an infertility nurse coordinator. She will be able to answer any questions you may have. She will explain the procedures involved in your treatment plan.
You will be given financial advice and a written quote explaining Medicare rebates and out-of-pocket expenses.