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