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How much will an abortion cost?

These prices are approximate figures for Queensland providers only and may change at any time. For exact prices contact the providers or Children by Choice. Interstate prices vary significantly, so please call your closest clinic for up-to-date costs.

Abortions in Queensland are provided by private day surgeries and a small number of GPs. The cost of a termination will depend on whether you are accessing a medication abortion or a surgical abortion, on your location, and on the gestation of your pregnancy.

Medication abortion is available to nine weeks gestation. After this point, surgical abortion is your only option. Prices for surgical abortion start to rise at most clinics once the pregnancy reaches 11 or 12 weeks gestation, with steep increases from 14 weeks onwards. For this reason it's vital to recognise that abortion is a time-sensitive decision.

If you are in Queensland and need help in sourcing financial assistance in order to access an abortion, please contact us. While we cannot always provide funds ourselves, we can help you work through your circumstances and look at some possible sources of assistance with you. You may also qualify for a No Interest Loan with us which may help in affording a procedure. Check out our financial assistance program and eligibility requirements here.

 

Medication abortion

Although mifepristone (or RU486) is now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, it can still be difficult to access. It is available through abortion clinics (of which there are ten around the state), and a small number of GPs. It is only available for use in pregnancies less than nine weeks gestation. 

GP: 

GPs are able to prescribe the drug if they undergo an online training course and find a pharmacist willing to stock a supply of the medication, but it is unknown how many are doing so as there is no publicly available register of GPs providing mifepristone. Some GP providers are listed on our Queensland providers page. 

Medication abortion through a GP has approximate costs of $350-$580 upfront. Women may then eligible for a partial Medicare rebate for the consultations. The cost of the medication itself is extra to this (between $12 and $50 depending on whether you have a Health Care Card).

Known GP providers are located around greater Brisbane, as well as in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, the Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clinics: 

At abortion clinics in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, costs are between $400 and $600 for Medicare card holders. There may be a $60-$90 rebate to claim through Medicare depending on the clinic.

Rockhampton and Townsville clinics: 

Clinics in Rockhampton and Townsville charge $790 upfront with a $60-$90 rebate available for Medicare card holders. 

Cairns: 

Medication abortion is available through the public system at Cairns Sexual Health Clinic for pregnancies less than nine weeks gestation, at a cost of under $40 for Medicare Card holders and less for Health Care Card holders. Clients must be over 16 and live within one hour of a hospital.

Details of all providers are listed on our Queensland abortion providers page

 

Surgical abortion

Surgical abortion is provided through ten clinics around Queensland. Seven of these are in Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. The other three are in Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. 

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clinics: 

  • Up to 11-12 weeks: $400 - $580
  • 12 to 13 weeks: $500 - $880
  • 14 to 15 weeks: $810 - $1550

Rockhampton and Townsville clinics:

  • Up to 11-12 weeks: $700 - $760
  • 12 to 13 weeks: $810 - $870
  • 14 to 15 weeks: $1080 - $1470

Cairns:

Surgical abortion is only available to 14 weeks in Cairns through a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. The current out-of-pocket cost is $954 ($1240 up front, around $280 of which may be claimed back though Medicare).

Details of all providers are listed on our Queensland abortion providers page.

These prices are for Medicare Card holders only, as they include the Medicare rebate. Prices for non-Medicare Card holders will be much higher - often around double the Medicare Card holder cost.

Only a small number of clinics (all in the southeast corner of Queensland) provide termination of pregnancy at or after 16 weeks gestation at the doctor's discretion and prices will be higher. A termination between 16 and 19 weeks gestation costs $2000 to $3950 for Medicare Card holders.

Concessions are available for Health Care Card holders and Pension Card holders at some clinics.

Other concessions may be possible at some clinics for various circumstances. Contact us at Children by Choice for more information.

Last modified on: 05 July 2016
How much will an abortion cost?
05 July 2016