Like most medical procedures, the cost of an abortion can vary greatly. The things that can influence the cost of an abortion in Victoria include:
- Whether you have a Medicare card, healthcare card or private insurance
- Without a Medicare card or private insurance, medical care can be quite costly.
- A healthcare/concession or pension card can help you access services at a discount.
- What type of abortion you are having – medical or surgical
- In general, medical abortions are more affordable than surgical abortions – as there are more places that can provide it, and there is no anaesthetic fee involved.
- How many weeks pregnant you are
- In general, the more weeks pregnant you are, the more expensive it will be.
- Where you are having the abortion done
- In Victoria, abortions can be performed at private abortion clinics, some GP clinics and some public hospitals. All private clinics will have a cost involved, GP clinics will vary in price (some may do bulk billing), and public hospitals are free.
- Most public hospitals that perform abortions will have some sort of referral criteria, whether based on your postcode or your circumstances.
- Many private clinics can offer additional services such as contraception, counselling or imaging services as part of their paid packages
For most people with a Medicare card, abortion costs can range from fully bulk-billed (free), to hundreds of dollars. This can be very confusing and stressful if you are trying to find a service.
If you need help finding a low-cost abortion provider, please contact 1800 My Options directly for personalised support. We can link you to the lowest cost services that suit your needs.
1800 696 784 – weekdays, 9am – 5pm