According to a recent New York Times report, Israel maintains its status as the capital of in vitro fertilization due to a unique treatment policy, which provides free and unlimited IVF procedures for women up to 45.
In the United States, IVF numbers tend to remain low, presumably due to the high costs associated with the procedure. Israel, on the other hand, has prioritized IVF treatment as one of their main public health expenditures in order to promote and support the institution of family, and as current critics would argue, "counterbalance the the high fertility rates of families in Palestinian territories" (source: Huffington Post). Israel's policy has also inspired an ethical debate for those who believe the government's policy places pressure on women to have children as the accessibility of IVF treatment is promoted, with others who believe the approach turns the process of child-bearing into a commodity. These ethical questions are prominent within the field of fertility care around the globe, with other such discussions arising from UK's upcoming IVF lottery.
Whether or not Israel's IVF policy is a religious and political issue remains to be seen; however, the idea that IVF coverage exists undoubtedly sparks the interest of those individuals who would otherwise seek IVF treatment if coverage and cost were not such an issue.
At New Hope Fertility Center, we strive to make IVF more accessible with our low medication protocols, which lower overall treatment costs and decrease discomfort. You can read more about our Natural cycle and Mini-IVF™ treatments here.