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Will 2013 be the year that British Columbia (BC) gets funding for IVF?
Do you know anyone who would love to start a family of their own but are having challenges? Have they tried or wanted to try IVF but simply couldn’t afford the costs? I personally have known a few couples in these situations and it was heartbreaking that one couple didn’t even have the chance to try because they could not afford the high costs of IVF.
Even if you don’t live in BC or Canada for that matter we’re all connected and we all know people in so many different places that we can all help to spread the word to encourage funding for IVF.
I’d like to share a few facts with you that you may not know, as I certainly didn’t so it’s an eye opener:
- 1 in 5 families are impacted by infertility
- Public funding for IVF saves health care money in the long run.
- Public funding for in vitro fertilization saves millions when fewer risky multiples are born.
- IVF (in vitro fertilization can cost between $10 to $14,000 in Canada where health care is supposed to be covered.) Also we know now that fertility declines as early as age 28, an age when women in the workforce generally are not thinking about getting pregnant.
As of 2010 Quebec is the only province in all of Canada, to provide universal funding for IVF that covers treatment cost and mandates a single embryo transfer. Quebec ha a reputation for being family focused a province, maybe we could learn a few things from them. Quebec’s policy has led to a reduction in multiple pregnancies from about 30% to well under 10% which has resulted in better health outcomes for mother and baby. In addition it is estimated that there is a cost savings to the health system of $30-$60 million per year since the program’s inception, according to former Quebec Minister of Health & Social Services Yves Bolduc.
As we move into this holiday season which is about family, to me as a mother it’s sad that not everyone who wants a child is blessed with one. Just as sad is the fact that many who would love to have a child have to deal with major stumbling blocks of high costs so they simply can’t afford the IVF. In fact, almost half (43%) of British Columbians have reported having been affected by infertility personally or through family, friends and acquaintances. A survey released by the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) has shown that nearly three-quarters (73%) of British Columbians believe the province should adopt public funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF), similar to the policy in Quebec.
Here are a few more facts for you:
• 70% believe funding IVF will result in better health outcomes for women and children
• 68% agree there should be equal access and opportunity for British Columbians to build a family, regardless of income or geography.
• 65% agree that British Columbian families should have some form of public coverage for fertility treatments.
The couples I mentioned at the beginning of this post one of those couples after 5 years they are on a waiting list for adopting a child. The other couple was able to adopt a child and because one of the parents has First Nations in their background, surprisingly the adoptions costs in this case were not high. A happier ending for them so far than the other couple who has so much love to give but are still waiting and hoping to one day share that love with a child.
Something interesting I learned – Canada’s first IVF baby was born right here in British Columbia on Christmas Day in 1983? That means next year that “baby” will be 30. It’s only fitting that the province that helped perfect the science of IVF three decades ago take a key role in shaping the future and helping families thrive. Public funding for IVF gives BC families a healthier start. Healthy families are in everyone’s best interest.
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and remind people to follow the conversation on line with the hashtag #IVF4BC
So if you or someone you know are hoping and wanting to have IVF but can’t afford please help spread the word to ask the provinces to support IVF funding. Please feel free to like and share the following pages in support of getting IVF funding:
Follow ivf4bc on Twitter HERE and join the conversation by showing your support or asking questions, make sure to use the hashtag #IVF4BC. Let’s give BC families a healthier start in 2013 with IVF funding!