WATCH: Province pumps money into IVF

Health Minister says it would help up to 4,000 women

The province has announced it will pump $50 million a year into expanded funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) coverage. It's expected to help up to 4,000 women.

The last time the province looked at IVF funding was 1994.

Health Minister Deb Matthews calls the program outdated, underlining it would now be open to women with different types of infertility. One treatment per woman would be covered.

Matthews reveals the province will also look into regulation of single embryo implants, to avoid multiple babies being born through one treatment. She says multiples could lead to health issues.

As for how this will be covered, Matthews says they're still looking at options, including through OHIP.
She says she expects "capacity issues" when this program begins but wouldn't say if that means there will be wait-lists for funding.

The new program is expected to start early next year.

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  1. Adriane Taylor posted on 04/10/2014 02:58 PM
    I just shake my head at this woman's priorities. I agree. There has to be a vested interest for the Liberal Government to decide to fund IV when more people could be helped in other ways.
  2. Lynne posted on 04/10/2014 03:09 PM
    Matthews was never known for intelligence, but funding IVF, while also funding millions of abortions? That's so stupid & hypocritical. Just another way to drum up votes. So many children already here that need our help.
    1. Frankie posted on 04/10/2014 04:04 PM
      @Lynne Her lack of intelligence is equally matched by the lack of intelligence of the Liberal voters that keep them in power.
  3. Mark7 posted on 04/10/2014 06:50 PM
    This has always been an utter disgrace!!!

    If people cannot conceive on their own, than don't have children. A child is a want and never a need. To play YHWH is foolish.

    But the biggest disgrace is that I have to pay for you to have a kid?! Make me want to puke!
  4. don was right posted on 04/10/2014 09:31 PM
    It took a whiel to figure thi sout. Who can't / wont conceive the normal way that is an untapped voter pool? Its the lesbians, Wynne's gender, who dont want men sticking it in them that need IVF. What crass pandering for votes..
  5. Me posted on 04/10/2014 10:49 PM
    If a couple can't conceive a child themselves and want IVF - they should have to pay for it. I would rather have the money go to people like Maddie to pay for drugs they need.
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