Friday 23 February 2018

No plans for IVF funding

No IVF funding
No IVF funding

Public funding for women undergoing fertility treatment is not planned, says Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

Although in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is not provided by the public health service, there is some support available in that patients who access IVF treatment privately can claim tax relief on the costs involved under the tax relief for medical expenses scheme, he said.

In addition, a defined list of fertility medicines needed for fertility treatment is covered under the High Tech Scheme administered by the HSE.

Medicines covered by the High Tech Scheme must be prescribed by a consultant/specialist and approved by the HSE 'High Tech Liaison Officers'. The cost of the medicines is then covered, as appropriate.

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