Conceivable Dreams

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ -

Dear Ontario Party Leaders,

Infertility affects one in six Ontario couples of all socioeconomic backgrounds and is caused by a wide range of medical factors. In the past few weeks, while some parents have returned to the familiar routines of making school lunches, bus drop-off and homework review, many of their friends, family members and neighbours are struggling.  For those dealing with infertility, this time of year is a painful reminder that yet another year has passed and their dream of creating a family has not been realized.

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) costs about $10,000 per cycle, including medications, and is one of the most effective treatments for providing couples with the opportunity to safely create a family.  As many couples re-mortgage their homes and use up their life savings, they choose to transfer multiple embryos in the hopes of maximizing their chances. While twins and triplets are certainly adorable, multiples are 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, to require a caesarian delivery and to need expensive care at birth and throughout their lives.  Pregnant moms of multiples also face additional health risks and require more medical attention.

Quebec recognized the high cost of multiple births to its health care system and decided to do something about it. In August 2010, Quebec began to publicly fund IVF treatments. This year, its rate of multiple births is projected to drop by approximately 80 per cent. This result in Quebec is not unique. Other countries such as Australia, Belgium and Sweden experienced similar drops when they started to fund IVF. 

After considerable study, the Ontario government's Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption came to the same conclusion as Quebec. By funding up to 3 cycles of IVF and adopting policies that reduce the number of multiple pregnancies through IVF, the Expert Panel estimated that the Province could save between $400 - $550 million over the next ten years and would see another $300 - $460 million in savings that would have been spent on these children over their lifetimes. 

Conceivable Dreams is looking to you and to all Ontario political parties to demonstrate a true commitment to families, healthcare and the economy by supporting OHIP coverage of in-vitro fertilization. A policy like this, with the potential to improve patient access to care, support the safe creation of families AND deliver cost savings to the healthcare system does not come along everyday. Let's not miss this opportunity.

Will you commit today to OHIP coverage of IVF treatments, if you form the next government?

Joanne Horibe
Conceivable Dreams

Conceivable Dreams, the OHIP for IVF Coalition is the provincial voice for thousands of infertility sufferers and their supporters across Ontario. Our goal is to have OHIP coverage of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) reinstated by the Ontario government. For more information, please visit - www.conceivabledreams.org

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For more information or to speak with a member of Conceivable Dreams, please contact:

Lauren Bondar
Fleishman-Hillard
416.645.8190
lauren.bondar@fleishman.ca
www.twitter.com/LaurenBondar

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