Sexist Medicare: Why is it a $75 rebate to insert an IUD and $215 for a vasectomy?

RANZCOG vice-president Dr Nisha Khot says the universal insurance scheme still has a 'distinctly gendered bias'.
Dr Nisha Khot.

Have you ever wondered why the Medicare rebate for inserting an IUD is just $75 when the Federal Government will pay $215 for a man to have a vasectomy?

Last week, RANZCOG vice-president Dr Nisha Khot suggested the universal insurance scheme created back in the 1970s still has a “distinctly gendered bias”, given a vasectomy usually takes about 15-20 minutes.