Problem

Lack of insurance against infertility

Other Names:
Inadequate insurance of conception
Nature:

American couples who are unable to conceive a child cannot afford the high costs of fertility treatments, and many insurance companies refuse to pay for them. In vitro fertilization costs $8000 US per attempt. In 1998, American insurance companies who previously covered advanced fertility treatments halted their coverage of these techniques, because unusually high numbers of infertile couples were purchasing their health insurance policies specifically in order to obtain fertility treatments.

Incidence:

6.1 million, or 10% of American women of childbearing age were infertile, as of 1998. 600,000 have tried a fertility treatment.

Counter Claim:

Having your own offspring with your own genes is not a human right. If you can't produce offspring unaided, then you do not have the right to financial aid for it.

Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
13.10.2017 – 18:40 CEST