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Cost Biggest Anxiety for IVF Patients

October 15 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FERTILITY SOCIETIES  21st WORLD CONGRESS ON FERTILITY AND STERILITY AND THE  69th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

Boston, MA – Research presented at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting showed that finances were a leading concern of patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures.

Only a small minority of the world’s population is assured free or reduced cost access to infertility treatments. An IVF program in Brazil surveyed more than 5000 patients and asked them which of the following was their main concern about undergoing IVF: financial, multiple gestation, malformation of the offspring, social prejudice, religion or supernumerary embryos. An overwhelming majority (82.6%) identified financial concerns as their primary worry.

Dr. Richard Kennedy, Secretary General of the IFFS said, “Those who want children and can’t have them undergo great heartache. Infertility is a disease, and should be treated in the same way as any other disease by health services and insurance plans. Yes, it can often be expensive in the short term, but many studies show that the payback to society from successful infertility treatment more than justifies the initial outlay.”

O-215 Main Concerns Regarding In Vitro Fertilization Techniques: Result of a Website Survey
A Iconelli, Jr et al
 

Representing more than 50 fertility societies from around the globe, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) is the world’s principal international fertility organization. The IFFS was founded in 1951, and held its first congress in New York in 1953. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine. Website: http://www.iffs-reproduction.org/ 

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 7,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology.  Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.


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