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Israel restricts fertility treatment

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:688
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israel's health ministry has used new medical guidelines, drawn up by a committee of 10 doctors, to limit access to in vitro fertilisation treatments guaranteed under the country's national health insurance law. From now on, infertile women over age 45 will not be able to undergo treatment with their own ova, and those over 51 won‘t be given donated ova.

    Under the 1995 universal health insurance law, which provides a basket of health services to all residents, infertile women—whether married or single—are entitled …

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