The CAQ relaunch the debate on assisted reproduction

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
The mp caquiste François Paradis, 2015

After having said to want to boost the birth rate in Quebec, the Coalition avenir Québec is now asking the government to refinance its former program of assisted reproduction. An idea immediately dismissed by the minister Gaétan Barrette.


For the mp caquiste François Paradis, a family is a “fundamental right” and should allow more couples achieve ” their dream “. He argues further that this would be a way of coping with the decline in the birth rate and that Québec’s public finances allow it now.


After reaching a peak of 1.7 in 2008-2009, the birth rate has gradually declined to reach 1.59 in 2016.


Created in 2010, the free program of assisted reproduction was the first of its kind in North America. It offered at the time to all the couples who wanted three cycles of in vitro fertilization (ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and embryo transfer).


In 2015, the government abandoned it, on the pretext of trying to save $ 47 million per year. The program had cost 216 million in four years. Since, only the infertile couples without children are eligible for assistance, which takes the form of a tax credit, modulated as a function of their income.


For the last year, the ministry of Finance estimates that it will cost 21 million, or about three times less than the former version of the program (about 60 million per year). Without reimbursement, each cycle of in vitro fertilization can cost several thousands of dollars.


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Re-launched in this regard on Tuesday, the minister Gaétan Barrette has said that he was not to go back to it. “I think we already have a program which is generous. […] Of the amounts of money available are not infinite, and choices must be made “, he argued.


Invited to respond, the Parti québécois, says he agrees with the Coalition avenir Québec on Tuesday. “We fought tooth and nail against the stripping of the ahr. We always said we wanted to re-establish “, said the head of the PQ, Jean-François Lisée, adding that it should be the tag.


As for how to ” tag “, the PQ and the CAQ both recommend to rely on the report 2014 of the deceased Commissioner of health. Without say up to what amount and to what age the IVF was to be repaid, the latter recommended that ” better guidance on the program “, control costs, provide better access to IVF in the region and assess its impact on health.


Avoid multiple pregnancies


On Tuesday, the Association of infertile couples in Quebec was at the side of the CAQ in order to claim the return of the old program.


Its president, Martine Valley-Cossette, pointed out that the financial barriers current ” now lead to an increase in the number of multiple pregnancies “. Without in vitro fertilization, people resort most often to the artificial insemination, which is always refundable.


Gold Ms Valley-Cossette argues that the chances are much higher of having multiple pregnancies this way, which ” incurs costs to the level of health “.


Last march, the clinique OVO was found that the rate of multiple pregnancies among his patients had doubled in the year 2016, from 5% to 10%. Across Quebec, the proportion was 25.6 % before the programme started (in 2009) to 7.6% in 2012.

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