Despite an advisory committee’s recommendations that funding not be provided to anyone over the age of 42 or morbidly obese, leaked documents indicate that the Ontario government has decided to proceed with taxpayer-funded in-vitro fertilization treatment for anyone who applies.
That means if you’re trying to conceive with help from lab-grown embryos, the government will cover the procedure that currently costs around $10,000.
The National Post is reporting HERE that Wednesday will see the province’s Health Ministry announce the program to anyone who cares a health card.
A PowerPoint summary, courtesy the Ontario Medical Association, states that “one free cycle of IVF will be available regardless of age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, family status, disability, etc.”
Dr. Cliff Librach, head of the OMA’s fertility-medicine section has denied the report, and told the National Post to eliminate the PowerPoint presentation.
Some experts believe that fertility clinics will take advantage of this program by recommending the procedure to women who are unlikely to produce offspring.
Quebec had offered the same program to residents, but had to cancel the approach because costs were too great and not enough restrictions were in place. The Ontario program is expected to cost $70 million a year.
Should taxpayers foot the IVF bill for anybody who wants to have the procedure done? Is a limit on body size and age discriminatory?