Sunday, December 04, 2005

ART procedures on the rise worldwide

A study released in October 2005 by members of the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART) shows that the use of ART is increasing worldwide. The study results are based on surveys completed by more than 1,400 clinics in nearly 50 countries and compared ART procedures for the year 2000 to those in 1998. The numbers showed a 10% increase in the number of aggregate procedures, with the only procedure showing a decrease being GIFT.

This stands in sharp contrast to another study that shows IVF procedures are decreasing in the United States. With costs as high as they are in the U.S. and the lack of insurance coverage for IVF in most states, it is logical that the U.S. would be lagging while countries where insurance coverage is available (many European countries) or much less expensive (Asia).

However, this study is based on data collected for the year 2000, almost six years ago. We wonder why it was only released now. It would be useful to see some more up-to-date numbers. Perhaps the ICMART can be a little more timely with its next study release.

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