The $ 50 million in funding, which was announced in October, will help cover the cost for roughly 5,000 families trying to conceive a child. The process involves retrieving an egg from a woman and fertilizing it outside the body before it is inserted in the uterus to hopefully create a baby.
“Ontario will fund one cycle of IVF and unlimited rounds of artificial insemination for eligible people at fertility clinics across the province,” the release said.
CBC News has learned individual doctors and clinics will be left to decide who gets treatment. Those seeking treatment must have an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card even though the fund is separate from OHIP.
“Infertility is a serious issue that affects thousands of Ontarians who have dreams of starting their own families,” said Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins. “The government is supporting family building for those who couldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to have children.”
Multiple eggs and embryos may be possible during one cycle of the IVF treatment.
“Patients or their private health plans will be required to pay for some supporting services such as fertility-related drugs and storage of embryos,” the statement said.
“The program will also cover the cost of the one at a time transfer of all viable embryos to allow for the possibility of multiple chances for pregnancy and to reduce the occurrence of high-risk multiple births,” the government noted.
“Today marks a significant milestone for thousands of Ontarians who, due to the high cost of IVF, have been unable to seek the medical intervention needed to improve their chances of conceiving,” said Danielle Xavier, president of the IVF advocacy group Conceivable Dreams.