Special leave, insurance benefit for fertility treatments?

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 July 2017:

It has been proposed that employers grant special leave to their employees who wish to undergo infertility treatment to help them fulfil their hopes of having children.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said employers could also give an incentive or special sponsorship of infertility treatment for those with financial constraints as the treatment could be costly.

She said employers could also consider including the cost of  subfertility treatment in the list of  medical treatments covered under their panel of doctors.

“It is the responsibility of all parties – namely the government, family and employers – to provide the space and opportunity for couples with infertility problems to receive treatment,” she said at a ‘Fostering Love, Fulfilling Hope’ programme organised by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN)  and Selangor and Kuala Lumpur MyEndorsis Association here yesterday.

Rohani also suggested that the health insurance industry include infertility treatment as an insured medical treatment – as all this while, it was not considered a disease – although the World Health Organisation had defined it as a disease of the reproductive system.

She noted that since 1979, LPPKN had been providing infertility treatment and to date, more than 4,000 pregnancies had been recorded.

“LPPKN has the facilities, expertise and experience in providing subfertility treatment at an affordable cost.”

Rohani said the total fertility rate in the country is expected to experience a drop to 1.91% by 2020 from 6.7% in 1957.

She said this scenario would see the country having more aging persons in the years to come compared to before.

“Malaysia is expected to be an aging nation by 2030, with 15% of its population reaching the age of 60 and above.”

The minister said LPPKN had recorded 5,765 new cases and 37,930 repeat cases of subfertility or infertility between 2012 and 2016, which were registered with the board.

She added that 3,186 cases went through subfertility treatment, with 625 (20%) achieving pregnancy.

– Bernama

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