Societal Benefits of Funded IVF Treatments and the Barriers to Funding in the United States

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shmerl, jennifer
Medicine and Health Sciences; Nursing
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Abstract Background:According to Kent (2016), between one in six and one in seven couples are affected with subfertility (p. 31). Examining societal benefits from funded IVF treatments could allow subfertile couples in the United States the chance at starting a family while also contributing to society.Objectives: The purpose of this study is to depict the societal benefits from funded IVF treatments and why this treatment should be funded in the United States.Method: In order to examine and summarize literature studies that have been published, an integrative literature review was conducted searching CINAHL, ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, and PubMed databases. Search terms included: in vitro fertilization, IVF, infertility, subfertility, subfertile couples, conception, national healthcare system, national health care countries, NHS, healthcare costs, and benefits.Results: NHS funding of IVF has brought many societal and family benefits that would have not been made possible without this funding. These positive societal impacts include, but are not limited to: financial, family, and medical benefits. The medical necessity to funding IVF was also addressed since subfertility is a medical issue. Conclusion: Covering IVF treatments in the United States would allow subfertile couples the chance at starting their own families while also contributing to society. Further research needs to be conducted, in the United States, in order to help couples affected by subfertility.