State funding for IVF treatment on the way for couples unable to conceive

The Government is set to provide funding for IVF treatment in new proposals being brought to Cabinet today.

Under the proposals couples who are struggling to conceive will have access to fertility treatments from 2019.

Health Minister Simon Harris is today due to bring a memo to Cabinet outlining proposed regulatory measures in the area of assisted human reproduction.

Ireland is still one of the only countries in Europe that has not introduced legislation in this area.

Speaking yesterday, Minister Harris said that by the end of the year he wants to clarify for families what financial assistance would be available for IVF from 2019.

“I made it very clear that I want to put in place supports to help subsidise the cost of IVF for families.

“I hope to send it to the Oireachtas Committee subject to Cabinet approval for pre-legislative scrutiny and get it passed into law in 2018 with the idea of having public subsidies for IVF for 2019.

“It is very important that we have done in this country what a lot of other countries have done in terms of regulating the area and trying to provide a system of financial assistance”.