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Health Research Board Report: Assisted reproductive technologies: International approaches to public funding mechanisms and criteria. An evidence review

Creator:

Department of Health (Ireland)

Subject Keywords: Human Reproduction
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Officials in the Department of Health are currently drafting the General Scheme of legislative provisions for assisted human reproduction (AHR). In the context of drafting this comprehensive piece of legislation, the question of public funding has arisen.

In order to assist in determining how public funding for fertility treatment might potentially be provided in Ireland, in February 2016, the Health Research Board (HRB) was engaged to conduct a comprehensive review of international public funding models. The focus of the evidence review was to provide information in relation to the following key questions:

 

 

Throughout Europe and globally, there is great diversity in funding and reimbursement policies and practice for AHR. In responding to the questions outlined above, the HRB’s evidence review provides a detailed overview of the different funding mechanisms available, including the eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled, in a range of countries internationally. The HRB’s evidence review states that “national policies are a hybrid of political, cultural and economic pressure combined with clinical evidence leading to a publicly acceptable or pragmatic approach to funding assisted reproductive technologies in each individual country examined”.

The HRB’s evidence review will be analysed by officials in the Department of Health in the context of considering policy options for a potential public funding model for AHR treatment.

Health Research Board Report – Assisted reproductive technologies: International approaches to public funding mechanisms and criteria. An evidence review

Date:

15/03/2017

Rights: Department of Health (Ireland)
Suggested citation:

Department of Health (Ireland). (2017) Health Research Board Report: Assisted reproductive technologies: International approaches to public funding mechanisms and criteria. An evidence review [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/1128827 [Accessed: 26th May 2018].

  

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