Conceivable Dreams Calls on Political Parties to Support OHIP Coverage of IVF

$400 - $550 million in savings to the healthcare system could be reinvested in other services

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Conceivable Dreams today challenged all three Ontario political parties to demonstrate a true commitment to families, leadership in healthcare and fiscal prudence by supporting OHIP coverage of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a policy they say has proven it works in Québec.

"Support for working families, healthcare and the economy are emerging as the major themes of this election and OHIP coverage of IVF supports all three," says Joanne Horibe of Conceivable Dreams, a grassroots patient organization representing thousands of infertile couples and their supporters across Ontario. "It helps infertile couples realize their dream of building a family, it gives IVF babies a better start in life and it has the potential to deliver healthcare cost savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars."

In Ontario, where the cost of IVF is not covered by OHIP, most couples choose to transfer multiple embryos rather than a single embryo. As a result, the rate of multiple births from IVF in Ontario is roughly 28% compared to below 10% in other jurisdictions.  Multiples are 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, to require a caesarean delivery and to need expensive care at birth and throughout their lives.

In 2009, the Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption recommended that the province of Ontario fund up to 3 cycles of in-vitro fertilization and adopt policies that reduce the number of multiple pregnancies through IVF. The panel estimated that the savings to the healthcare system through a reduction in the number of multiple births through IVF would be between $400 million and $550 million.

In August 2010, Québec became the first jurisdiction in Canada to publicly fund comprehensive IVF treatments. One year later, it has become a leader in the reduction of multiple pregnancies by bringing the rate down from 27.2% to 5.2%.

"With one of the highest rates of multiple births through IVF in the country and a need to control healthcare costs, Ontario simply cannot afford not to fund IVF," added Horibe. "What has worked in Québec can work in Ontario. Providing OHIP funding for IVF would reduce our rate of multiples through IVF and generate cost savings that could be reinvested in other healthcare services that are important to Ontarians.

During this campaign, Conceivable Dreams will be seeking a commitment from all three political parties to provide OHIP coverage of IVF. Its members across Ontario will be asking all candidates where they stand on this issue and will support the candidates and parties that support OHIP funding for IVF.

About 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

SOURCE Conceivable Dreams

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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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