Referring and public funding
Fertility Associates undertakes both privately and publicly funded consultations and treatments.
Privately funded consultation
Doctors can refer patients directly to us for a private consultation at any stage of workup (patients can also self-refer). The cost of a private consultation can be found on our website here. Our doctors can score patients at a privately funded consultation for publicly funded treatment.
Publicly funded consultation
There are a number of criteria your patients must meet to be eligible for referral to a publicly funded consultation. You will be required to do some workup tests before referring your patient into the public system. To find out more about the criteria your patients need to meet to be eligible for a publicly funded consultation and the required workup tests please click here.
In the Northern Region (Auckland, Waitemata, Counties Manukau and Northland), referral for a publicly funded consultation must be made to the Northern Regional Fertility Service (NRFS) via Healthpoint, not directly to Fertility Associates. If a patient is referred directly to Fertility Associates in Auckland, the consultation will be paid for by the patient. When the NRFS receives a public referral, it randomly allocates the patient to one of the three fertility clinics in Auckland.
In the Midland Region, the referring doctor can refer directly to Fertility Associates, or patients can self-refer, but either way the caller must ask specifically for a publicly funded consultation, otherwise the request will be treated as a private referral.
In the Central Region, the referring doctor should refer directly to Fertility Associates, but must ask specifically for a publicly funded consultation, otherwise the request will be treated as a private referral.
Waiting times for publicly funded consultations vary from clinic to clinic. At publicly funded consultations, patients will be scored for publicly funded treatment.
Privately funded treatment
The cost of a private treatments can be found on our website here. It is possible to have privately funded treatment while on the waiting list for publicly funded treatment - patients only lose their place on the waiting list if they achieve a succesful pregnancy.
Publicly funded treatment
Eligibility for publicly funded treatment is NOT dependent on how the consultation was funded, only on the couple’s CPAC score (Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria). All patients who are potentially eligible for publicly funded treatment are scored, and treatment options are outlined. People may have privately funded treatment at any time. Having a child while waiting, whether naturally or by privately funded treatment, reduces the CPAC score, and may make a couple or individual no longer eligible for publicly funded treatment or it may delay their eligibility.
Where to refer for consultation
Auckland & Northland - PRIVATE ONLY
Post: Private Bag 28910, Remuera, Auckland 1541
Fax: 09 520 9521
Healthlink: Use the EDI for the Auckland clinic or its specialists
Auckland & Northland – PUBLIC ONLY
Post: Northern Regional Fertility Service, PO Box 24 587, Royal Oak, Auckland
Fax: 09 631 0728
Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Lakes - PRIVATE AND PUBLIC
Post: PO Box 598, Hamilton
Fax: 07 839 2603
Healthlink: Use the EDI for the Hamilton clinic or its specialists
Wellington, Wairarapa, Palmerston North, Wanganui, Hawkes Bay & Gisborne - PRIVATE AND PUBLIC - & Nelson PRIVATE ONLY
Post: PO Box 11048, Manners St, Wellington 6142
Fax: 04 384 8402
Healthlink: Use the EDI for the Wellington clinic or its specialists
Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast - PRIVATE AND PUBLIC
Post: Fertility Associates, PO Box 36560, Merivale, Christchurch 8146
Fax: 03 355 8851
Healthlink: Use the EDI for the Christchurch clinic or its specialists
For further questions
If you have further questions, please call 0800 10 28 28 and our receptionists will be happy to assist you or to connect you with one of our public funding coordinators.