In the quarter ending 31st December 2017, 100% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days. The 90% target has now been met since reporting started three years ago. All of these patients receive three full cycles of treatment, at no cost, regardless of where they stay in Scotland.
In England, only 12% of boards offer three full cycles in line with official guidance. 61% offer only one cycle of treatment and 4% offer none at all. Private treatment costs between £1 343 and £5 788 per cycle.
Failing to treat infertility can also result in problems and further costs for the NHS in other areas. A Danish study of 98 737 women, between 1973 and 2003, showed that women who were unable to have children were 47% more likely to hospitalised for schizophrenia and had a significantly higher risk of subsequent drug and alcohol abuse.
This is an excellent humane policy – an example of ‘working as if you are in the early days of a better nation’
Will Scottish Labour condemn this as an example of ‘the something for nothing society?’