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Polish Health Ministry: IVF will not be state-funded

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Roberto Galea 02.12.2015 14:13
Konstanty Radziwiłł, the Health Minister of Poland, said that the state funding programme for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) will only last until June 2016, and will not be prolonged.
Konstanty Radziwiłł. Photo: PAP/Paweł SupernakKonstanty Radziwiłł. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

Although the previous liberal Civic Platform (PO) government decided that in-vitro fertilisation funding would be extended until December 2019, the newly elected Law and Justice (PiS) government wants to overturn the decision.

The programme was criticised by PiS since the very beginning.

“It was not set in stone that in-vitro fertilisation is to be state-funded forever,”Radziwiłł said after a parliamentary health commission meeting.

The Minister also indicated that “the in-vitro procedure is not the only one possible, when it comes to infertility treatment.”

At the same time, Radziwiłł stressed that the procedure “is legal, the legislation [on in vitro fertilisation] is in effect. We are discussing the hundreds of millions of Polish złoty which is derived from the national budget, which we cannot afford to spend,” the minister said.

Radziwiłł added that a new legislation on “procreation” will soon be tabled by the health ministry. (tf/rg/rk)

tags: Health, IVF
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