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February 7, 2023

Banicioiu: In vitro fertilisation programme to be resumed in 2015

The in vitro fertilisation programme will be resumed next year. The announcement was made recently by Health Minister Nicolae Banicioiu at the Infertility Congress in Bucharest also attended by his Greek counterpart, Makis Voridis.
‘The 2015 budget will include money for the in vitro fertilisation programme which will be resumed next year. Unlike the pilot programme that was suspended in 2013 and which resulted in 197 children being born, this time only the clinics with highest success rates will be included in the programme. I have already talked to the specialised commission from the Ministry and they are working on it. The programme is a very good one and this is why we have decided to resume it’, Banicioiu noted.
‘The programme was launched sometime in 2011, after a very long time and a lot of expectations. My predecessor didn’t feel he should continue it, but I hope we will include it in the budget and reopen it in 2015’, Minister Nicolae Banicioiu said during the launch of the latest e-learning infertility programme.
The health minister noted that, in 2011, the in vitro fertilisation programme had a very low success rate, 197 children were born after 1,129 fertilisation procedures.
‘It is a good thing we will be reopening this, but we also need to be very careful if we want the money we will allocate – a considerable amount – to have the expected results and reach the people who need it and who deserve it. The 2011 figures need improving and that can only be achieved by a very good management’, said the minister.
The health minister noted that clinic and couple selection criteria would have to be stricter. He also said that the state would select the applications filed by couples and that they would only be approved after a thorough verification made by the speciality commission, because the Ministry of Health cannot be its substitute.
Banicioiu also pointed out that the commission’s job would be to watch over the selection of applications to be included in the fertilisation programme, noting that the Health Ministry will only provide the financing.
The Ministry of Health introduced the in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer programme in 2011, with a budget of RON 4 M. The Ministry covered the cost of one in vitro fertilisation per couple, in two stages: RON 4,920 after the fertilisation procedure (drawing of oocytes by follicular punction, collection and processing of sperm, insemination of oocytes, embryo transfer) and RON 1,230 after the confirmation that the IVF/ET procedure was followed by pregnancy, followed by birth.
Asked to name the dissatisfactions he had with the clinics that had participated in the first in vitro fertilisation programme, the minister answered: ‘I am not dissatisfied. I want to resume the programme and, as I said, I have asked the ministry specialists to take care of that. All I want is for those clinics to be selected according to their performance and results obtained and the money to be more effectively used in order to obtain much better results. The intention now is for the state to only cover the cost of the procedure, but, when we see the budget weight, we will know exactly how much we will be able to cover. We believe we can allocate even more money in 2015, but, I repeat, it all depends on the budget weight’, the minister of health explained.
Half a year ago, the Ministry of Health was not considering a resumption of the IVF programme as a manner of dealing with the health issue that affects one in every four couples. ‘A child God won’t give you is a good you want to have’, therefore you must pay for it. This is what PSD MP Laurentiu Rosca was saying at the time, unhappy with the idea that the state should financially assist infertile couples.

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