Second Cycle Ivf Funding Approved
Couples eligible to have a second cycle of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) will be contacted by the Fertility Centre (NZ Centre for Reproductive Medicine) in Christchurch to begin services from 1 January 2005.
The GM Planning & Funding for the Canterbury District Health Board Dr Karleen Edwards said funding had been approved for second cycle IVF. The Fertility Centre in Christchurch managed the service for Canterbury, South Canterbury, the West Coast and Nelson/Marlborough DHBs.
“Details for the delivery of the service have now been finalised. Couples will be eligible for the second cycle if they are assessed as meeting the agreed eligibility criteria currently in place and whose first treatment cycle did not result in a live birth. Second cycle fertility services will be backdated to 1 July 2003,” she said.
This meant that couples who had their first publicly funded cycle of IVF on or after this date would be eligible for the second publicly funded cycle.
Canterbury DHB had received 16 percent of the total $4million funded by the government for second cycle IVF.