Butler: Wait and See

Butler: Wait and See

Health Minister Mark Butler’s office has responded to our director Stephen Page’s request to provide Medicare for surrogacy, with a wait and see response.

Stephen had again written to Butler to try and have the exclusion in Medicare for surrogacy removed. Surrogacy was excluded from Medicare benefits in 1991 (when surrogacy was illegal across Australia). While surrogacy has long been legalised across Australia, this exclusion has remained, making the process of becoming parents through surrogacy in Australia more expensive and stressful. The cost to the taxpayer of removing the exclusion is about $1 million a year, against a Commonwealth reproductive health budget of $2.5 billion a year.

Download the letter here.

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Surrogacy – Ten Lessons I Have Learnt Since 1988

Our director and award-winning surrogacy lawyer, Stephen Page, presented a paper titled “Surrogacy – Ten Lessons I Have Learnt Since 1988” at the 2024 North Queensland Law Association Conference in Townsville.

Surrogacy in Mexico

In this video, Page Provan Director and award-winning surrogacy lawyer Stephen Page deep dives into all the crucial information you need to know about Surrogacy in Mexico.

Surrogacy in Australia or US: Which is the Best?

In this video, Page Provan Director and award-winning surrogacy lawyer Stephen Page, breaks down the surrogacy process in Australia versus the United States. 

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