Thursday, 29 August 2019

Age limit for IVF to be removed, more funding for couples seeking fertility treatments

There are various kinds of assisted reproductive treatment(ART) procedures, with the most common one being in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

From January next year:
  • The Ministry of Health (MOH)  will lift the age limit for women to undergo ART treatments and remove the cap on the number of ART cycles for all women.
  • Women aged 40 and above will be eligible for Government co-funding for up to two of the six co-funded ART cycles, as long as the couple had attempted assisted reproduction (AR) or Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) procedures before age 40, and are assessed medically fit by their doctor to carry a pregnancy to term.
  • Eligible couples can receive co-funding of up to S$7,700 per fresh cycle and S$2,200 per frozen cycle for three cycles each.
  • Government co-founding will also be rolled out for the less invasive IUI procedure. Those undergoing IUI procedures at public AR centres will be able to receive co-funding of up to 75%, capped at S$1,000 per treatment cycle for three cycles, as long as the woman is below 40 at the start of the cycle. The couple must also have been assessed by a doctor at the centre and one spouse has to be a Singapore citizen.

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