HEADLINE: INFERTILITY TREATMENT
ANCHOR LEAD: WHETHER OR NOT YOU GET INFERTILITY TREATMENT DEPENDS ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Infertility treatments continue to achieve greater success in helping couples conceive babies, but huge gaps remain in who is able to access such treatment. Couples who live in the South and Midwest and those who are less educated are least likely to get infertility treatments, a recent report found. Howard Zacur, an infertility expert at Johns Hopkins, says insurance issues are largely to blame.
ZACUR: Do we or do we not regard infertility as a disease? In terms of what we can do to treat this and make couples very, very happy, it’s phenomenal. Unfortunately, the technology that’s used is expensive, and if one does not have insurance coverage, and if one does not have the ability financially to pay for it out of pocket, then there are those who will be able to utilize these services and those who will not. :28
Zacur says some couples have even moved to another state in order to obtain infertility benefits as part of their health insurance. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting