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Are we overusing IVF?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g252

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Re: Are we overusing IVF?

Dear Editors,

In many Countries where IVF cycles are totally reimbursed by medical insurance schemes, there exists a tendency to overuse them, even in women over 43. [1]

Without any official guidelines implemented and strictly observed, clinics are pretty much free to judge most of the women visiting as eligible for IVFs. [2][3]

Even medical tourism for IVFs is booming!



Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2014
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece