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China's One-Child Policy's Unexpected Issue: Infertility
With a population more than four times that of the U.S., it is still in the early days for assisted reproductive technology in China, where it is estimated that more than 10 million Chinese couples need ART procedures. With rising awareness of the issue, an increasing number of relatively well-off Chinese who cannot have a child are turning to all types of infertility therapies, particularly technically demanding and expensive ART procedures. Despite an average cost of 100,000 yuan ($15,873) or more for an ART operation, demand still cannot be met, and many couples are on a waiting list. By the end of 2007, China’s Ministry of Health (MOH) had only approved the establishment of 102 reproductive centers in the country.