Thursday, May 24, 2012

Does The Government Owe You A Family?

A report released this week is advocating that the Alberta government pay for IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments for infertile couples like Quebec does.

A report released this week is pushing the Alberta government to adopt the tack taken in Quebec by paying for IVF treatments for infertile women: commissioned by a local fertility charity, the study suggested the province could save $78-million in the next five years. That’s because multiple births — which according to Statistics Canada increased by 45% between 1991 and 2008 — are also more likely to lead to premature births, underweight babies and higher rates of disability.
Yet desperate would-be parents footing the bill for expensive fertility treatments often demand multiple embryos be implanted, regardless of the risks.
  For a lot of women, your life isn't complete until you have a child.   For some getting pregnant is difficult and sometimes heartbreaking when it doesn't work out so they seek outside help. It costs a lot of money and can cause a financial strain

 I really feel for these folks but should the taxpayer being paying for their treatments?  I don't know.  Why can't some charity or foundation take up the cause and help these people out instead of leaving it up to the taxpayer to foot the bill?


  1. If your in easterm Canada yes the governmnet owes you whatever you think you want!

  2. This reminds me of that prof, Attaran or something like that who was denied the costs for this for his wife and went on Evan's show to complain. Wonder if they ever got said treatment in Que.
    Mary T

  3. Oh, yes Quebec that great province where marriage has almost disappeared while the abortion industry is booming. Quebec is just too pro-family for words and such a fine example to emulate.

  4. There has to be a discussion nationally on expensive and inexpensive elective procedures. As well, some surgery is done that may be deemed "medically needed" that is not really needed or potentially viable, due to the reward system for medical specialists.

    To me, in vitro fertilization is an elective procedure, as is abortion and sex-change operations. To be fair, the poor should not be shut out from elective procedures covered by health care; that said, there must be limits which are in line with what usually works out well.

    I am not in favour of gov't-funded in vitro treatments for women who are past the normal child-bearing age of about 42. I object to funding abortions for those who have already had one. I seriously object to all sex-change treatments for minors, who may not only know their sexual preference until they are of age. Also, I support a small fee-based system, as Canadians should think twice before they go to their doctors for a sniffle and even young athletes who engage in extreme sports should start paying for their repeat injuries.


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