Thursday, 29 October 2015
The IVF postcode lottery
Could more women access IVF treatment on the NHS if a national tariff was introduced?
At the moment, whether a woman can get IVF treatment on the NHS can be a complete postcode lottery. Some local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) pay less than £3,000 per cycle to provide IVF on the NHS, while others pay over £6,000.
Fertility expert Professor Geeta Nargund has said there should be a cap on how much IVF costs a CCG, which could mean more women being able to get IVF treatment on the NHS and would 'level the playing field' for women across the country.
Women under 40 should have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS – but right now only 38 of 209 CCGs in England can offer this, meaning women in a lot of areas could be missing out.
The good news? If the Department of Health introduces a cap it could double the number of IVF treatments available in some areas and enable more women to access IVF - watch this space.