Support high among all Ontarians regardless of who they plan to vote for
in this election
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - A new survey shows a strong majority of
Ontarians, regardless of their voting intention, support OHIP coverage
of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Despite this Conceivable Dreams
continues to look to all Ontario political parties to commit to this
should they form the next government.
"We're disappointed that no party has acknowledged the support of
Ontarians towards funding IVF" says Joanne Horibe of Conceivable
Dreams, a grassroots patient organization representing thousands of
infertile couples across Ontario. "It's a missed opportunity that would
improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
The survey, conducted by Leger Marketing found:
Three-quarters of Ontarians (75% of those polled), 25 years and older
support a policy of funding IVF similar to Quebec's.
83% of those planning to vote NDP, 80% of those planning to vote
Liberal, and 73% of those planning to vote PC -- all significant
majorities -- support adopting a policy of funding IVF similar to
60% of Ontarians, 25+ agree that the government should cover in-vitro
fertilization in some way
57% agree that if the cost of in-vitro fertilization was covered, it
would result in fewer multiple births through IVF and reduce costs to
the healthcare system
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
ignore this issue any longer," 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
Conceivable Dreams is seeking a commitment from all three political
parties to provide OHIP coverage of IVF. Its members across Ontario
will continue to ask 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
About Leger Marketing
The survey was completed from September 19th, to Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, using Leger Marketing's online panel, LegerWeb.
Leger Marketing is the leading Canadian owned market research and
polling firm with more than 600 professionals working from its Canadian
and American offices.
SOURCE Conceivable Dreams
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