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In-vitro fertilisation to be reimbursed?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 07, 2007 | 0 comments

Poland’s new health minister, Ewa Kopacz, is in favour of in-vitro fertilisation being reimbursed from the country’s budget. As many as one million Polish couples suffer from infertility, but only 3,500 a year are able to afford the artificial fertilisation procedure.

According to Ms Kopacz, in the initial stage, reimbursement would cover the cost of medical treatment for the poorest Poles. It is estimated that if in-vitro fertilisation were reimbursed, between 25,000 and 28,000 procedures could be performed each year.

Infertility is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a social disease, as about 25% of couples across the world have problems conceiving. In-vitro treatment is reimbursed in the Czech Republic, Hungary and also in France, where the state finances three attempts at in-vitro fertilisation, as the success rate of the procedure runs at about 40%.

The method meets with major objections from the Catholic Church in Poland, which considers it unethical.


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