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05 October 2004

Infertile problems...

"Serviço de Saúde sem solução para casos de infertilidade
Custos de tratamentos e técnicas de procriação medicamente assistida chegam aos 100 mil euros.
Presidente da Entidade Reguladora diz que ainda existe Medicina para ricos

Estado deve criar condições para que os casais tenham acesso aos tratamentos
A infertilidade é uma doença que afecta cerca de meio milhão de casais em Portugal e, apesar de se tratar de um problema de saúde pública, os tratamentos e técnicas de procriação medicamente assistida (inseminação intra-uterina, implantação in vitro e microinjecção intracitoplasmática de espermatozóide) ainda são, para a maioria das pessoas, uma solução inatingível dados os custos exorbitantes."

(Jornal de Notícias- Portuguese National Newspaper)



National Health Service without solution for problems of infertility.
Cost of treatments and techniques for overcoming this problem can reach 100 thousand Euros.
Presidente of the Health Regulatory Body says Health care for the rich only, is still a reality.

State should create conditions for couples to have access to the treatments avaidable. Infertility affects about half a million portuguese couples and despite being a public health issue, the treatments avaidable (intrauterine insemination, implantation in vitro and intracitoplasmática microinjecção of spermatozoon) are still for most an impossible solution because of the extreme costs.

(Translated Version)


Just one question, why not push adoption as an alternative. With so many kids in orphanages who need good homes, why should the state spend billions on these treatments. We should be looking at accelerating the adoption process which is still way too slow.

The state has to spend millions with abortions( if the law gets changed which is likely sooner or later) and then spend millions on infertility treatments. Does anyone else see the lack of logic in this?

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