Letter to Mark Butler the Minister for Health & Aged Care
On 8 November 2022, award-winning fertility lawyer and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Stephen Page, wrote a letter to The Honourable Mark Butler MP (Minister for Health & Aged Care) regarding the abolition of the medicare exclusion for surrogacy.
I write to seek the abolition of the current exclusion from Medicare rebate for assisted reproductive services when the service concerns surrogacy.
I have copied in Mr Graham Perrett MP, who has had a longstanding interest in surrogacy matters, and was in 2015-2016 a member of the House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee, which conducted an informal and then formal inquiry into surrogacy.
Four Reasons Why the Exclusion Should be Abolished
- The exclusion is a historical anomaly;
- There will be minimal cost to the Commonwealth in removing the exclusion;
- There is a disproportionate impact on gay couples by having the exclusion in place; and
- The exclusion is counterproductive in that it encourages intended parents to undertake surrogacy overseas.
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