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Do Insurance Companies Really Frown Upon Infertility Coverage?

Aug 17, 2007
If you are experiencing infertility issues and have taken out insurance to help cover the costs of expensive treatments and drugs, it may be wise to check your policy and find out exactly what coverage, if any, you are entitled too.

You see, there is somewhat of a war going on at the present time surrounding infertility insurance between those who consider it is a condition which affects a minority and those who consider it as a legitimate disease and therefore worthy of full coverage.

Is Infertility Insurance A Luxury

While inroads are being made ever so slowly in having infertility recognized as a legitimate health coverage risk, for many, it can't come soon enough. Fertility issues can rip right at the heart of a couple desperately trying to conceive a child but the costs for advanced treatment and drugs is just too far out of the reach of most budgets. To say infertility is a minority condition is perhaps a little harsh.

In the US, over six million couples are confronted with issues surrounding infertility and only a relatively small portion of these actually go beyond and receive more expensive treatments. If figures are gathered on the statistics of those couples who actually receive treatments such as IVF, then yes, they are in the minority but shouldn't the stats be judged on the actual number of couples who are faced with infertility?

Employer Contributed Plans

In the US, a good deal of medical/health insurances are taken through employer contributed plans. If your employer is providing you with the avenue to medical insurance check the legal terms and conditions carefully.Your employer will often have the say on the options covered with these plans. About 20 per cent will include infertility insurance amongst the conditions which are covered but the majority don't.

An argument against insurance coverage for fertility issues is those suffering from it are considered a minority group. The cost to the average tax payer would increase. Arguments for infertility coverage will say that this argument can also be made against other conditions.

The High Cost Of Infertility Treatment

This could be one of the reasons insurance companies may consider offering basic coverage for infertility. The initial costs for testing and diagnostic techiques are usually within the scope of most couples budgets however, once the treatments become more advanced, involving expensive drugs and fertility assisted procedures, the costs can spiral out of the scope of most.

Don't despair though if you are struggling financially as some states have introduced mandates which requires some form of infertility insurance coverage. This is certainly an area worth investigating further.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Think you're covered by infertility insurance? Think again! It could affect your hip pocket! Plus, get the latest infertility news and reviews at:http://www.infertilityline.com
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