Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Health Minister Weighing Cutting Assisted-Procreation Drug Funding

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Health Minister Weighing Cutting Assisted-Procreation Drug Funding

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Quebec could reduce IVF drug funding

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MONTREAL - After eliminating provincially funded in vitro fertilization procedures, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette is suggesting funding of the drugs used in the treatments may be reduced.

Barrette says it's possible the drugs won't be reimbursed directly any longer under the provincial drug plan, with the cost of the medication possibly being folded into a tax credit.

That's what the Quebec government did when it passed Bill 20 last fall, putting an end to publicly funded IVF treatments.

Some are able to take advantage of a tax credit at the end of the year depending on their income and circumstances.

Barrette acknowledged, however, that the tax-credit option will still be more expensive for couples.

"But it's still less costly than if we were to abolish it altogether," he said Monday. …

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