TORONTO, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ – Today, a coalition founded by people struggling with infertility expressed great optimism that there may soon be good news for the 1 in 6 Ontarians having challenges starting a family. Conceivable Dreams, The OHIP for IVF Coalition, was responding to published reports the Wynne government is considering a formal funding announcement as early as this month.
“With IVF costing as much as $10,000 for a single cycle, not including travel and time off work, IVF is currently beyond the financial means of most people.”
Jan Silverman, Conceivable Dreams Chair
“Infertility is a devastating medical condition. The thought that IVF treatments could soon be more accessible will come as great news to infertile couples across the province,” stated Conceivable Dreams chair, Jan Silverman. “With IVF costing as much as $10,000 for a single cycle, not including travel and time off work, IVF is currently beyond the financial means of most people,” Silverman added.
In Ontario, IVF was once fully funded, but in the early 90′s, the government of the day severely restricted infertility funding. In 2010, Quebec joined many jurisdictions around the world by being the first Canadian province to provide full funding for IVF treatments. Manitoba currently provides tax credits to assist families.
“Conceivable Dreams members have been pleased by the non-partisan support they have received in our meetings with dozens of individual MPPs from all three political parties in Ontario. It is our hope the opposition will be supportive of any government decision to make IVF more accessible to Ontarians,” Silverman added.
In August 2009, the Ontario Government’s own Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption concluded there were many medical, financial and other good public policy benefits that would result from the public funding of IVF. Chief among them is the reduction of multiple birth pregnancies. This is important because:
- Multiples are 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, to require a Caesarean section and to need expensive care at birth and throughout their lives.
- Neonatal mortality in twins is seven times that of singletons and the risk of Cerebral Palsy is four-fold.
- On average, low birth weight twins will cost the health care system about $1M over their lifetime.
- Multiple births create significant health risks to mother and baby and are a major burden on the overall health system.
- The Expert Panel found public funding of IVF will reduce the number of multiple births and make infertility treatments safer for mothers and their children.
- The Expert Panel has also shown that Ontario will save money by reducing the number of multiples born through IVF: $400 – $500 million over the next 10
- years in hospital costs alone, plus an additional $300 – $460 million in savings related to long-term disability costs.
Conceivable Dreams is a broad-based organization of patients, family members, health professionals and other supporters dedicated to achieving equitable access to funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) for men and women facing fertility challenges.
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Patients are available upon request to share their personal stories of infertility.
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