Tuesday, December 13, 2005

New Zealand goverment to pay for PGD

The government of New Zealand has announced that it will begin paying the cost of IVF with PGD for couples with a high risk of having children with serious genetic disorders. They estimate the cost at $12,000 New Zealand and expect about 40 couples per year would qualify for the assistance. Approximately 150 IVF/PGD cycles are currently performed each year in the country and now 40 of them will be paid for by the government. New Zealand laws prohibit the use of PGD for selection of the sex of embryos for implantation, although this practice is not prohibited in many other countries.


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