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Cost biggest anxiety for IVF patients

Date:
October 15, 2013
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International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)
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Research shows that finances are a leading concern of patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures.

Research presented at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting showed that finances were a leading concern of patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures.

Only a small minority of the world's population is assured free or reduced cost access to infertility treatments. An IVF program in Brazil surveyed more than 5000 patients and asked them which of the following was their main concern about undergoing IVF: financial, multiple gestation, malformation of the offspring, social prejudice, religion or supernumerary embryos. An overwhelming majority (82.6%) identified financial concerns as their primary worry.

Dr. Richard Kennedy, Secretary General of the IFFS said, "Those who want children and can't have them undergo great heartache. Infertility is a disease, and should be treated in the same way as any other disease by health services and insurance plans. Yes, it can often be expensive in the short term, but many studies show that the payback to society from successful infertility treatment more than justifies the initial outlay."


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International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). "Cost biggest anxiety for IVF patients." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 October 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131015191134.htm>.
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International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). "Cost biggest anxiety for IVF patients." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131015191134.htm (accessed April 25, 2014).

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