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Concerns rise over in-vitro fertilization program

The Gazette,  July 20, 2010

Quebec has bragging rights as the first province in Canada to fund in-vitro fertilization - but while proponents say the government will save twice as much as it spends, a possible drawback could be a lower success rate on the first try.

The fact Quebec will regulate the implantation of embryos to reduce the number of multiple pregnancies will also cut the rate of success by almost 20 per cent, said Dr. Hananel Holzer, of the McGill Reproductive Centre at McGill University.

Because women will be entitled to three cycles of IVF under the new program, however, that is expected to bring the chances of success back to about the same level, he added, while reducing the chances of multiple pregnancies, which is one of the goals of the government.

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