May 2, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the fertility subsidy program to assist individuals who need to travel out of the province for fertility treatments.
The subsidy provides $5,000 per In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle to applicants who meet clinical eligibility, up to a maximum of three IVF cycles throughout their lifetime. Services included in the subsidy program may include: IVF, frozen embryo transfer, donor egg cycles, donor embryo cycles, oocyte cryopreservation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and gestational carrier cycles as well as medications associated with these services. The services must be provided at a clinic of the applicant’s choosing located within Canada, and is retroactive to August 4, 2021.
“Improving access to important health-care services and supports is a strategic priority area for Eastern Health,” said Dr. Gena Bugden, Vice President of Medical Services. “The fertility subsidy program will provide additional supports to those pursuing fertility treatments through the Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services clinic during a time when they need it most. We look forward to assisting those who need support to start their families.”
To be eligible, applicants must:
- hold a valid MCP card;
- be referred for fertility services by the Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services clinic to an IVF clinic, of the individual’s choice, within Canada; and,
- not have previously received a provincial subsidy for more than three cycles of IVF services.
Successful applicants pay upfront costs and can expect to receive their reimbursement 30 to 60 days after the Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services clinic receives their completed application package.
Applications are available at the Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services clinic or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.