The laws surrounding IVF in Quebec have come under scrutiny recently as changes that would greatly reduce the availability and coverage of treatments have been proposed. Public support has largely been in opposition of these proposed changes and law makers have since scaled back on their plans.
Most recently, the portions of the proposal that would have forbidden IVF after 42 years of age have been removed. As well, couples will not be required to have unprotected intercourse for three years without conception in order to qualify for treatment.
On average a single round of IVF treatment costs couples $12,000. As a result, access to treatment can be financially burdensome and limited to those who can afford the medical expenses. Quebec has led the pack in terms of public funding for IVF treatment. Other provinces are slowly following suit, proposals for IVF funding are expected to be released in Ontario later this year.
For more information on infertility and treatment options, please visit the infertility section of our website.
For more information on the new laws in Quebec, please visit the Globe & Mail.