Quebec recently became the first the first jurisdiction in North America to offer a government-funded program for in vitro fertilization (IVF). The program will cover up to three IVF cycles and will cost an estimated $80 million over the next few years.

While groups representing infertile couples have obviously been very pleased by this decision, it has been criticized by others who point out that Quebec has very poor levels of service for expecting mothers as it is, with a serious shortage of family doctors and gynecologists. In addition, the province is controversially prohibiting patients from paying for the service privately, which has led to further criticism from doctors and operators of IVF clinics.

Meanwhile, the UK has cut funding for IVF treatments, putting stricter eligibility criteria in place, a cap of £40, 000 per year and a limit of one IVF cycle down from two.

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