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Public financing of IVF: a review of policy rationales

Mladovsky, Philipa and Sorenson, Corinna (2010) Public financing of IVF: a review of policy rationales. Health Care Analysis, 18 (2). pp. 113-128. ISSN 1065-3058

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Abstract

There is great diversity in in vitro fertilization (IVF) funding and reimbursement policies and practice throughout Europe and the rest of the world. While many existing reimbursement and regulatory frameworks address safety and legal concerns, economic factors also assume a central role. However, there are several problems with the evidence that is available on the economics of IVF. This suggests there is a need for more robust cost-effectiveness studies. It also indicates the need for alternative rationales to justify the reimbursement of IVF, which might more fully account for the social, political, ethical, and philosophical considerations embedded in notions of infertility and technology-driven reproductive treatments. The merits and limitations of five alternative rationales are discussed. The review suggests that while no existing single rationale provides a complete framework with which to support funding decisions, taken together they provide guideposts which signal important issues for consideration and highlight where further research, action, and debate are needed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/public+health/journal/1072...
Additional Information: © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000277427600002
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 14:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25710/

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