Abortion Brisbane cares for the physical and emotional well-being of women with unintended pregnancies. We offer termination of pregnancy at our reproductive and sexual health clinic in Brisbane. Our staff provides expert care and confidentiality, and will work in with your needs and decisions.
What is an abortion? Any woman of reproductive age, who is normal and sexually active, can conceive. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing but at times it comes when least expected or prepared for. In such cases, it may be necessary to terminate (or end) the pregnancy, a process referred to as abortion. In Australia, abortion is legalized by all the states and performed by a licensed and qualified health professional. Available research indicates that a majority of Australians are in support of legal and safe abortion.
Types of Abortion
Two types of abortion are performed in Australia. These include medical and surgical abortion. The choice of which method to use depends on the gestation (age) of the pregnancy. Here is a brief description of the two methods:
Most pregnancies are usually terminated in the first trimester (7-12 weeks) of pregnancy. Surgical abortion involves low-risk procedure referred to as suction curette or suction aspiration. In this procedure, a qualified doctor carefully removes the lining and the contents of the womb (uterus) along with the developing embryo. In more advanced pregnancies, other surgical procedures are used.
Medical abortion is an alternative to surgical abortion and it is normally used when the pregnancy is less than 7-9 weeks gestation. However, each health facility has its own protocols when it comes to when medical abortion should be used. Medical abortion involves the use of Mifepristone (RU 486) or “abortion pill”, as it is commonly referred to. This pill has up to 98 percent efficacy when used in the first 7-9 weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone is widely available in most clinics in Australia.
How much does an Abortion cost in Brisbane?
Each state in Australia has its own protocol in regard to safe and legal abortion. Furthermore, the costs of procuring either medical or surgical abortion differ from Brisbane to Sydney and respectively across the states. So, how much does abortion cost in your state? Before listing the real cost, it is good to know factors that may affect or determine the costs first.
Another important factor that can influence the cost of abortion in Brisbane is Medicare rebates. Medicare is a publicly funded universal health care for all Australian nationals. The standard Medicare rebate is 85 percent of the Medicare determined scheduled fee. The patient pays any cost above the scheduled payment to the health facility that performs the procedure.
If you have Medicare card, the policy will fund most of the abortion costs. However, like with other private health policies, you may be required to pay some other costs for services you will be provided with on the day of the procedure. If you have the procedure when Medicare safety nets cut in, then the entire cost of the procedure may be covered by the Medicare rebate.
Cost of Abortion in Queensland (QLD)
Currently, abortion in Queensland is a crime unless it is recommended by a registered doctor. However, if you will have abortion, the amount of money you will pay will depend on whether you are a Medicare cardholder or not. The overall cost of early term abortions will start from $400 to $500 after the rebate but women in more remote locations may have to pay more. The pricing for surgical abortions is distributed as follows in Queensland: Up to 11 weeks: $480 – $580, 11 to 14 weeks: $500 – $740, and 14 to 16 weeks: $800 – $1370 for Medicare card holders.
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