More couples crowd-funding IVF
by Michael Cook | 22 Oct 2016 |
More and more couples are resorting to internet crowd-funding sites to finance their IVF treatments in the United States. According to a report in Bloomberg, an important element is the lack of government IVF funding and lack of insurance coverage. Only about a quarter of companies offer IVF as part of their health cover.
Funding for IVF has become a robust category at GoFundMe.com, where more than $3.6 million has been raised across more than 1,700 IVF campaigns, with almost 37,000 individual donations. Total IVF gifts and campaigns have increased every year since the company’s launch in 2010. On Giveforward.com … the category that includes both IVF and adoptions is the fastest growing, up 429 percent over the first eight months of this year compared with the same period in 2015Desperate for a pregnancy, couples also cover the cost of IVF cycles with credit card debt and by raiding their 401(k) retirement savings accounts
We goofed and we're eating humble pie. Wednesday, October 19, was World Bioethics Day. I'm afraid that it passed unnoticed at BioEdge, perhaps because every day is World Bioethics Day here. But was also the first time it was celebrated, so we shall be better prepared next year.
However, it appears that very few people were popping champagne bottles in the UK and US even though they must have the larges number of bioethicists. No events were planned in the United Kingdom, only one in the US, and 29 in India. World-wide, there were events in 55 countries, most on the theme of the Day, "human dignity and human rights".
|This week in BioEdge|
by Xavier Symons | Oct 22, 2016Japan researchers have created gametes from the skin cells of mice.
by Xavier Symons | Oct 22, 2016Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have traded blows over abortion, in what was perhaps the clearest statement yet of each candidate’s position.
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016More unexpected consequences
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016UK society changes its name
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016But doctors say that it is unethical to cooperate
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016Fears of abortion tourism from Denmark and Sweden
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016Desperate couples try to defray expensive treatment costs
by Michael Cook | Oct 22, 2016Birth rate stays stubbornly low
by Xavier Symons | Oct 22, 2016The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will now publish all clinical trials data.
by Xavier Symons | Oct 22, 2016Miriam Zoll says that the technology has not worked for 20 million women
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