Denmark drops infertility program


In many ways Denmark is the leader in fertility treatments and pregnancy studies. The Medical Birth Registry of Norway has for many decades tracked the pregnancies and births of the women citizens there putting the country at the forefront of many major medical studies having to do with fertility, pregnancy, delivery and newborn development.

Denmark has also been at the forefront of nationally provided care for infertility. But this is coming to an end. The Danish government has provided reimbursement for assisted reproduction treatments (ART) for up to three procedures for all types of people: married, unmarried, single and homosexual. It’s been a very generous program and one that many countries have watched closely if not aspired to.

However, in the light of recent global and national economic downturns, the country is reconsidering some healthcare reimbursements. The governing Parties agreed this month to implement a legislative amendment removing ART as an integral part of the public health care services which the country provides.

“This is sad news considering Denmark has always been praised as the benchmark in Europe in terms of access and availability of treatment for patients seeking ART,” said Dr. Soren Ziebe from the University Hospital in Copenhagen, Executive Committee Member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Ebryology (ESHRE) and the SIG coordinator of all SIGs at ESHRE.

In 2007, 4.9% of all children born in Denmark were babies conceived with the help of ART. With 2,558 ART attempts per million inhabitants annually, Denmark has the highest usage of ART in Europe by far. “Every school class in Denmark has two IVF children on average,” said Dr. Ziebe. “These changes will have major implications and detrimental effect for childless couples, for fertility clinics and the research environment in Denmark.”

Source: Medical News Today, ESHRE


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