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Fertility Treatment Funding on the way in Ireland

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced his intention to provide fertility treatment funding for the first time in Ireland. 

“I believe it is important that we should consider how best to provide public funding for fertility treatment in tandem with closing the current legislative gap in this area of healthcare. Fertility treatments should be funded in such a way that not only maximises efficiency but which ensures equity of access as well,” Minister Varadkar said.

“Nevertheless, the provision of public funding for assisted human reproduction must be accompanied by a robust system of legal governance which will promote and protect the health and wellbeing of patients and most especially the children who will be born as a result of the treatment.”

Fertility Treatment Funding

While fertility treatment is not provided in the Irish public health service, financial support is available to individuals. For example, tax relief for medical expenses and the cost of certain approved fertility medicines are covered under the Medical Card or Drugs Payment Scheme.

The ability to conceive a child naturally is a normal human expectation and a diagnosis of infertility can be a source of emotional distress, physical discomfort and financial hardship. The introduction of funding for fertility treatment in Ireland would be a fantastic step for Irish families. We look forward to hearing more about the plans in the coming months.

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