Assisted reproductive technologies should be financially covered by medical insurance in Chinese provinces to encourage childbirth

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Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is expected to be included in the medical insurance systems of several provinces, as many provinces are rolling out support policies to encourage childbirth following the implementation of China’s third child policy.

The latest project on promoting prenatal and postnatal care by the Zhejiang Provincial Medical Insurance Bureau, which solicited public opinion, noted that the costs of ART medical services, including artificial insemination (IUI ) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) will be covered by maternity insurance. in a timely manner in accordance with applicable national laws and regulations.

With the increase in the number of infertile people in recent years, there have been more and more requests for ART treatment costs to be included in medical insurance. IUI and IVF are the most widely used ART technologies.

Beijing previously issued a notice in February on the regulation and price adjustment of medical services provided by public medical institutions. According to the notice, a total of 16 ART items, such as IUI, embryo transfer and sperm optimization, which are commonly used in the outpatient treatment of infertility, will be among the new additions to the catalog. drugs covered by the city’s health insurance system. .

However, the Beijing Municipal Medical Insurance Bureau said the inclusion of ART services in the city’s medical insurance has been postponed.

Despite the postponement, the inclusion of ART services in medical insurance has been achieved in several other provinces.

The local medical insurance authority of central China’s Hunan Province said on its official platform that it will gradually explore ways to include mature, safe, reliable and affordable assisted reproductive technology. in the coverage of medical insurance payments.

Similar statements were also made by local health authorities in southwest China’s Sichuan Province in March in a bid to further reduce the burden on the affected population.

On May 16, Xianning in central China’s Hubei Province released 12 measures to ensure the implementation of the third child policy. According to the measures, local women aged 35 or older, who generally need assisted reproductive technologies the most, can be reimbursed for the infertility treatment they receive at local medical institutions.

In addition to medical insurance coverage of assisted reproduction services, Zhejiang has also adjusted the reimbursement rate of some medical insurance to promote prenatal and postnatal care work.

According to the draft of the provincial medical insurance bureau, the proportion of reimbursement of medical insurance for infants aged 6 and under will be increased by 10 percentage points compared to general urban residents.

Other elements of medical treatment such as analgesia during labour, ultrasound screening of fetal structure in early pregnancy and color Doppler ultrasound of the fetal system will also be covered by provincial maternity insurance.

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