According to the specialists of the National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF), the achievements in modern medicine prove that it is worth believing in miracles. Just two years after the compensation of assisted fertilization from the budget of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) was started, a bit more than half a thousand of new-borns conceived through assisted fertilization were born in Lithuania.
"398 women have successfully given birth to their children after they have undergone free of charge assisted fertilization procedures during the period from April 2017 to April 2019. Triplets were born to 8 families, even 107 couples became the parents to twins, and 283 children were born as single births. It is gratifying that after such opportunity arose, an increasing number of people in Lithuania use assisted fertilization services compensated from the budget of the National Health Insurance Fund", – says Daiva Berūkštienė, the Head of the Service Expertise and Control Department of the NHIF.
It is estimated that during the period of two years after the compensation of assisted fertilization services from the budget of the CHIF was started, more than 3,700 infertile individuals (1,910 women and 1,776 men) were provided with more than 11,500 various assisted fertilization services.
"These service include consulting by obstetrician-gynaecologist, assisted fertilization procedures, in some cases even preimplantation genetic diagnosis of the embryo or expensive genetic tests. More than 2 million euros were spent in two years to finance all these services. We are, therefore, very happy to be able to ease the significant financial burden on Lithuanian infertile couples, and to help them to become the parents to their own children", – says D. Berūkštienė.
Medicines needed to stimulate the ovaries in order for the women to get pregnant are also compensated from the budget of the NHIF. During the period from April 2017 to April 2019, about 1,600 patients were taking such medicines, and approximately 1.2 million euros were spent on them from the budget of the CHIF.
Thus, the total of 3 million and 250 thousand euros from the budget of the CHIF were spent over two years of funding in this area to pay for assisted fertilization services and medicines.
The NHIF recalls that the assisted fertilization services compensated from the budget of the NHIF that are designed for the families unable to have children are provided by both public and private health care facilities in Lithuania, but only by those that have the necessary licenses and have entered into the agreement with the NHIF. Such facilities include Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Klinikos, UAB "Baltic American Therapy and Surgery Clinic", UAB "Northway medical centres", UAB "Fertility Centre", Lithuanian, US and Israeli "Vaisingumo klinika", UAB "Jolsana", UAB "Kardiolita".
The couples wishing to have access to assisted fertilization services should first approach their general practitioner.
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