The government will subsidize Poles for in vitro fertilization. We learned the criteria

The government will subsidize Poles for in vitro fertilization.  We learned the criteria

After eight years, in vitro financing from the state budget returns in Poland. The Ministry of Health presented details on the criteria for access to the program.

From June 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028, the in vitro program reimbursed from the state budget will last. Each year, the government will allocate PLN 500 million for its implementation, for a total of PLN 2.5 billion.

New age criteria qualifying for in vitro fertilization

Minister of Health Izabela Leszczyna also accepted new eligibility criteria for the in vitro fertilization reimbursement program. They were recommended by a team of experts.

This is the age of the woman – up to 42 years of age for women using their own eggs or sperm donation, and up to 45 years of age for women using oocytes or embryo donation. Access to the program will not depend on whether a given couple has previously used any other local government-funded programs or a previous government program. Public and private entities will soon be able to apply for the competition procedure.

– Similarly, the age limit for men who can use this treatment method is 55 years of age – said the national consultant in the field of gynecological endocrinology and reproduction, prof. Robert Zygmunt Spaczyński.

The representative of the Ministry of Health, Dagmara Korbasińska, explained that the program covers six individual assisted reproductive procedures – including up to four cycles of fertilization with one's own reproductive cells or sperm donation, up to two cycles of fertilization with oocytes from donors – with the possibility of fertilizing six reproductive cells within one cycle and up to six cycles with sperm donation.

The program also has another important goal. Its aim is to protect the reproductive material of oncological patients, i.e. those who want to have children, but must first undergo “difficult, very demanding and often body-destructive oncological therapy”, sometimes depriving them of the chance to have their own child. The Minister of Health spoke about the details in an interview with “Wprost”.

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