State-funded IVF will make us rich... or will it?

Anna Smajdor

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Recently, several claims have been made that free provision of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) will boost our economy. This is premised on the assumption that people provide more in terms of tax and insurance than they consume in resources, leaving an overall gain. Even where these ‘replacement’ people are created by means of IVF, it is argued that the costs involved are easily offset by the financial contribution we can expect IVF-conceived adults to make to our economy. However, although it may be true that the creation of a new person constitutes an overall financial gain to the state, I question the degree to which the arithmetic involved is as simple as the reports suggest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-469
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • State Medicine
  • Taxes

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