Financial, Legal and Staffing Considerations

Cost Structure

There is no single way as to how service providers in Victoria structure their costs of termination of pregnancy services. It is up to each provider to determine a model and structure that suits best their patients and the provider. Consider making your fee structure available to prospective patients so that they can consider all costs as part of their decision.

In most cases, GPs use longer appointments and MBS item no. 4001. Rebates are available for three non-directive pregnancy support counselling services per patient per pregnancy, for persons who are currently pregnant or have been pregnant in the preceding 12 months (see link below for more information).

There is a lot of variation in terms of availability of bulk billing and out-of-pocket costs, not only between clinics but also within individual clinicians. Many practitioners also offer free of charge follow-up consultations.

For key considerations for young people and teenagers, see also the section Patients Aged 16 and Under.


 

Pregnancy Counselling Rebate

A person who is currently pregnant or who has been pregnant in the preceding 12 months, and who is concerned about that pregnancy, may claim Medicare benefits for up to three (3) non-directive pregnancy support counselling services (in total) per pregnancy.

Abortion Law In Australia

The Better Health Channel provides information about abortion law in Victoria and Australia, and conscientious objection by practitioners.