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?