More Subsidies for Infertility Treatment Promised

      October 16, 2009 12:49

      Infertile couples with monthly household income under W4.81 million will be able to get fertility treatment almost for free from next year (US$1=W1,155).

      The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs on Thursday said it will subsidize artificial insemination for infertile couples earning less than 150 percent of the national average from next year, in addition to the existing assistance program for in-vitro treatment, as a means of tackling the low birthrate.

      This year's national average income for a two-person household was W4.81 million per month. The assistance will cover up to W500,000 per artificial insemination up to three times, and W1.5 million for every in-vitro procedure, also up to three times. For couples on welfare, up to W2.7 million per in-vitro procedure will be covered.

      Artificial insemination normally costs W500,000 per session, and an in-vitro procedure W3 million.

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