Navigation Links
Shortage of NHS funds: Many Couples Denied Infertility Treatment

Infertility treatment is being denied to thousands of couples, currently on the NHS, despite the government guidelines that call for equality in access to related health care services. //This could be partly attributed to stringent criteria for the provision of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other modalities.

A majority of the primary health care trusts (PCTs) indeed accept that their norms are severe than that recommended by the National Institute for Clinical and Healthcare Excellence (Nice). It is further believed that the goal of providing three cycles of IVF by the Government would at least take another 3 years to materialize.

"Couples are just devastated by this. They were told that the Nice guidelines would end the postcode lottery of fertility treatment but it is still going on. Infertility is an illness and yet these people are being denied a possible cure. We need proper funding ... not just lip service and gimmicky headlines, "said Claire Brown, Infertility Network UK.

It was recommended by Nice that all infertile couples be given three free cycles of IVF, provided they satisfied the criteria in the year 2004. With each cycle of IVF approximating to £3,000, a doubt certainly persisted over providing such costly treatments to infertile couples and was hence not legally validated.

It was then decided to offer at least 1 free treatment cycle to patients by the end of last April. A 15% disparity was found in the treatment offered, as revealed by a Nice survey. The presence of children to either of the partner from a previous relationship or private payment for the IVF treatment has to a large extent limited the provision of such free services.

Although the Nice guideline states that the service be provided to all women between 23 and 39 years of age, in practice, effective treatment is not being instituted until the women has reached 36 years in many regions. Controversies still exist over the funding of costly treatments such as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) that is based on the use of just a single normal sperm.

60% of the PCTs have expressed that effective implementation of three free IVF treatment cycles cannot be achieved before 3 years. Some of these surprisingly have not developed a timetable to achieve the goal. The financial constraint faced by the health care trusts and the lack of Government funding is a significant block in effective implementation of free IVF treatment.

A different study conducted by researchers at Sheffield University has suggested a reduction in the number of twins and triplets born to parents treated by IVF could contribute by and large to the NHS saving. The cost associated with twin and triplet birth (£9,122 and £32,354) and prenatal monitoring is also greater compared to a single IVF pregnancy which costs only about £3,313.

It is high time that appropriate measures are being taken to minimize the physical, emotional and financial trauma faced by infertile couples.

'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Shortage of MMR vaccine
2. Shortage of funds for providing AIDS drug in Africa and India
3. Tamiflu Shortage Can Be Better Handled By Combining It With Probenecid
4. Acute Shortage Of Neurosurgeons In India: One Surgeon For Every 1 Million!
5. Doctor Training Undermined In Britain Due To Shortage Of Cadavers
6. Shortage Of Funds In Primary Care Trust In UK
7. Acute Shortage Of Dentists in UK: Oral Care for Elders To Suffer A Setback
8. School Children Put To Risk Due To Shortage Of Nurses
9. UK Committee Warns on Food Shortages Due to Flu Epidemic
10. Zimbabwe Faces Shortage Of AIDS Drugs
11. UK Doctors Fear Shortages Could Hit Public Health Drive
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June ... a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments ... of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. ... the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has ... , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of ... AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, ... journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased to announce the ... as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG Molecular . ... team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated reagents in North ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June 24, ... VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, ... Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As ... Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made an ... current process. Many of them do not even offer this ... and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able ... such a high cost that the majority of today,s patients ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data derived ... Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the market ... of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: