In a situation where we do not have reimbursement for the in vitro procedure, we are approached by couples who do not report to an infertility treatment center for years, do not start diagnostics at all, because they know that they cannot afford the treatment – she said in “Tak jest” in TVN24 Marta Górna from the Association for Infertility Treatment and Adoption Support “Nasz Bocian”. – The in vitro procedure does not only cost PLN 12, 15 or 20 thousand, but it takes years of research – emphasized Małgorzata Rozenek-Majdan, ambassador of the “Yes for in vitro” initiative.
The first reading of the citizens’ bill on in vitro reimbursement took place in the Sejm on Wednesday. Every year, no less than PLN 500 million would be allocated from the budget to implement the program. Several dozen MPs took part in the discussion.
– We are very happy that this symbol was sent from Wiejska to the rest of the country, saying directly: your vote matters – said Małgorzata Rozenek-Majdan, ambassador of the “Yes to in vitro” initiative promoting the citizens’ bill in TVN24 in “Tak jest”. this matter.
– After these difficult eight years of fighting for access to treatment for all who need it, it is a great hope and a good signal that finally someone remembers us – added Marta Górna from the Association for Infertility Treatment and Adoption Support “Nasz Bocian”.
Rozenek-Majdan: it also means years of research, which are often not reimbursed
Rozenek-Majdan talked about the costs of the in vitro procedure. She explained that the procedure “begins with administering hormonal drugs to the woman and ends with transfer or announcement of pregnancy.” – It depends on the protocol, (…) from two weeks to almost 30 days – she added.
She emphasized that the cost of the procedure itself depends primarily on the woman’s age. She noted that “women’s fertility declines dramatically with age and the response to hormonal drugs also changes.” – The older a woman is, the greater the likelihood that she will respond worse to medications, so she will need higher doses – she explained.
And these drugs, she added, often constitute nearly 50 percent of the cost of the entire procedure. – But the in vitro procedure is not only 12, 15 or 20 thousand zlotys depending on how the woman reacts or how serious the medical problem is, but it involves years of research. Research that is very often not reimbursed, research that families are responsible for due to the lack of budget, said Rozenek-Majdan.
She noticed that a few days ago, Marta Górna asked her followers on her social media how much they spent on her in vitro procedure. – And there were many answers: after 100,000, I stopped counting.
Top: The time we save up for the procedure is of the utmost importance
– Let’s remember that we are still talking about in vitro reimbursement, because in fact there is no such reimbursement, and it is already an indispensable European standard. However, it is also important that we remember everything that is happening before, the support in diagnostics, and the fact that this diagnostics is widely available – said Górna.
She added that “today it is partially available under the National Health Fund or under the ministerial program that PiS provided us in exchange for in vitro fertilization, but this availability is very limited.”
She emphasized that “the queues are very long” and “the time when we wait for tests or the time when we save money for the procedure is of great importance.” – Therefore, it is important that we have access to this treatment when we need it, and not when we manage to raise money for it – she added.
Górna also noted that the cost of just one procedure is several thousand zlotys. – The effectiveness of in vitro is very high, but limited. It’s about thirty-something percent, depending on many factors. And few couples are lucky that this first procedure leads to the dream of giving birth to a child. Usually a second or third treatment is needed, and this must also be taken into account when planning such treatment, she said.
– Today, in a situation where we do not have reimbursement, we are contacted by couples who have not visited an infertility treatment center for years, do not start diagnostics at all, because they know that they cannot afford the treatment – noted Marta Górna.
On November 28, a vote will be held on the Confederation’s motion to reject the draft bill on in vitro reimbursement.
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