State funding could soon cover the cost of fertility treatments

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It is great news for couples out there who are struggling to conceive, as proposed legislation announced today will see fertility treatments funded by the state.

The Department of Health said funding for treatments will be made available as part of a bill due to be published later this year.

Department officials are carrying out a review of international funding models in countries such as the UK to inform policy in the area.

The government gave approval to draft a general scheme of legislative provisions dealing with assisted human reproduction in February 2015.

Drafting is now underway and the general scheme will be published in the first half of 2016.