Almost half report having been affected by infertility
VANCOUVER, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The holiday season is a time for family, but not everyone is blessed with a child. In fact, almost half (43%) of
British Columbians report having been affected by infertility
personally or through family, friends and acquaintances. The
Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) has released a
survey showing that nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of British
Columbians believe the province should adopt public funding for in
vitro fertilization (IVF), similar to the policy in Quebec.
In 2010, Quebec became the first province in Canada to provide universal
access to IVF through a policy that covers the cost of treatment and
mandates single embryo transfer. This policy has led to a reduction in
multiple pregnancies from approximately 30 per cent to well under 10
per cent, resulting in better health outcomes for mother and baby, and
an estimated 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.
"British Columbians live in a province that puts families first,"
reinforced Rita Schnarr, Regional Manager Western Canada for the
Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC), a patient advocacy
group representing infertile couples and families in the province.
"Publicly funding IVF would support that principle by giving families
suffering with infertility the opportunity to build their families
safely. British Columbians understand that, and what's more, they see
it as smart policy that is working elsewhere in Canada."
IVF is often the most effective and only treatment option available to
couples who suffer from infertility. Transferring one embryo per
treatment cycle is considered a clinical best practice in IVF because
it ensures only one healthy baby is delivered per pregnancy cycle. By
reducing the likelihood of a multiple birth, single embryo transfer
serves to protect the health of mother and baby.
However, due to the limited access to infertility treatment services
throughout the province and the average out-of-pocket cost of IVF
treatments ranging from $5,800 to $8,000, plus medications, many
couples choose to transfer more than one embryo per treatment cycle to
increase their chances of getting pregnant. As a result, outside
Quebec, the rest of Canada, including BC, has among the highest
multiple birth rates through IVF at approximately 28 per cent.
Unfortunately, multiples are not only a high risk pregnancy but are
also 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, require a caesarean
delivery, and need expensive care at birth and throughout their lives.
Highlights: Of British Columbians Surveyed,
73 per cent agree that British Columbia should adopt a policy of
publicly funding IVF treatments in a way similar to Quebec.
70 per cent believe funding IVF will result in better health outcomes
for women and children
68 per cent agree there should be equal access and opportunity for
British Columbians to build a family, regardless of income or
65 per cent agree that British Columbian families should have some form
of public coverage for fertility treatments.
"These results send a strong message that the majority of British
Columbians understand the arguments behind publicly funding in vitro
fertilization," said Schnarr. "Publicly funding these treatments not
only gives all British Columbians the opportunity to build a family,
regardless of their income or geography, it also supports better health
outcomes for mother and baby while delivering cost savings to the
About the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada
The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada Inc. (IAAC) was founded
in 1990 and originated from an Ottawa voluntary group called the
Infertility Self Support Group, which began in 1983. IAAC is committed
to providing educational material, support and assistance to
individuals and couples who are experiencing the anguish of
infertility, a reproductive health disease which affects over half a
million Canadian men and women.
For more information, visit:
Website - www.iaac.ca
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivf4bc/122328164594435
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ivf4bc/
About the Survey
From October 25th to October 31st 2012 an online survey was conducted
among 1,608 randomly selected adults who are residents of British
Columbia and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of
error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of
20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most
current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a
sample representative of the entire adult population of British
Columbia. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
SOURCE: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada
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