Malta is to offer free IVF medicines to all couples from 2022
Health Minister, Chris Fearne, said the government had made the decision to ease the financial burden of IVF on couples.
Each cycle of IVF costs about $15,000, with the medicine needed costing in the region of $3,500.
The announcement came as a surprise to the opposition party which had pledged free IVF medicines, should it come into power at the next elections.
All medicines for IVF are free on the country’s national health service but the drugs used for hormone stimulation must be paid by the patient, it is these drugs that will become free next year.
Chris Fearne said: “Every child is a blessing from God, but IVF babies are special.”
He also revealed that since 2013, 373 IVF miracles had happened.
He also talked about the decision to allow couples to free embryos, which had proved to be a good one as IVF technology using this method had a higher success rate.
He added that the fear of having leftover embryos discarded had not materialised as no embryos had been wasted since its introduction.
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