Infertility has been categorized by the World Health Organization as a Disease of the Reproductive System and therefore deserves treatment to be covered by South Africa’s medical aid schemes.
Now in their 7th year, the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA) was founded not only to raise awareness of infertility but also to tackle the absence of infertility cover by medical aid schemes.
Last month, IFAASA celebrated a small yet significant win when, in conjunction with the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG), they received the news that the country’s biggest medical aid scheme would step up and cover infertility treatment.
IFAASA Founding Member and CEO, Saskia Williams elaborates on why the news not only fell flat, but also incited further outcry and rage amongst members;
“Since inception, IFAASA has been battling with South Africa’s open medical aids. We are fighting for fair treatment of a Prescribed Minimum Benefit Disease (PMB), with infertility currently the only PMB (out of 270) on the exclusion list of most medical aids. October saw solid progress with one of the country’s leading medical aid companies confirming that should you be on either of their top two plans, they’ll cover up to two cycles of Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART) including In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), Embryo Transfer (FET) and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) starting in 2021. However, whilst appreciated by the tiny minority on such plans, the decision has resulted in thousands of furious clients who will not be covered. As a call to action, IFAASA has compiled an expert legal team to present the solid case of the exclusion overhaul, however we’re calling on the public to help raise the legal funds required through backabuddy.co.za.”
Please note: If the target is not reached, donators will be refunded, subject to backabuddy’s t’s & c’s. If the target is reached, the money will be used for all fees relating to the case ie: legal and administrative costs.
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