Babies born through IVF treatment are cost-effective

Dutch scientists are reporting that babies born through IVF treatment are cost-effective.  Such babies, grown to adulthood, actually provide society an economic gain.  In a study conducted by Johannes Evers and presented to a conference in Munich on in vetro fertilisation, it was shown that calculations prove a positive gain from the economic contributions to society by in vetro fertilisation babies during the course of their lifetime.

In short, over time IVF babies more than pay for themselves in countries where the government foots the bill.  This calculation only works with mothers up to 44 years of age.  After that IVF procedures become too expensive to consider the cost recoverable.

This has become a political issue, with some governments calling to limit ages for fertility treatments, in vetro fertilisation in particular.  Policies on health insurance and state funded IVF treatment vary widely from one country to another.  In some locales, the number of times a woman may attempt in vetro fertilisation treatment and the age at which it can be funded are greatly restricted.

Based on IVF treatments in the Netherlands, Evers study found that the cost of in vetro fertilisation treatment rises dramatically with a woman’s age.  At the age of 35 a woman’s in vetro fertilisation treatment in the Netherlands costs about 28,000 Euros.  This expense rises to around 49,000 Euros at 40 and then skyrockets to 600,000 Euros at 45 years of age.  This huge increase is why the cost-effective viabilities disappear at age 44.

While making a strong statement for government funded IVF in younger woman, the study seems to support the exact opposite in women 44 or older.

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