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Fertility Funding – Global News

by Dr. Adrian Gamelin

Dr. Adrian Gamelin was interviewed by Global Regina in a story on Fertility Funding.

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REGINA – Rod and Jayleene Sully have been married for nine years, and have decided it’s time to add a child to their family photos.

“We started trying and ran into some problems,” said Jayleene.

The couple consulted a fertility specialist and were told they were unlikely to conceive without help – either from a sperm donor or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The Sullys prefer not to go with a donor, but IVF is a pricey procedure – costing upwards of $10,000.

“We had hope, (thinking) ‘Maybe we can do this,’” Jayleene said. “Then we found out the cost and said, ‘I don’t think we can afford that.’”

Depending on the province, some in vitro treatments are paid for by health care. In Saskatchewan coverage is only provided for infertility investigation, including sperm testing.

Infertility Saskatchewan – an advocacy group pushing for public funding of infertility treatments – wants to change that, citing a new report from the University of Alberta.

It says funding some forms of IVF could actually be more cost effective for the health system.

“We can try and reduce the financial barriers so couples are more inclined to transfer a single embryo during their fertility treatments, there will be fewer multiple pregnancies,” said Dr. Adrian Gamelin of Saskatoon’s Aurora Reproductive Care – the province’s only fertility clinic. “Therefore, the government will actually save money.”

While treatment is on the rise, doctors say, too often infertility isn’t recognized as a health issue.

“Infertility is a medical condition,” Gamelin said. “It’s not a choice any couple would make not to be able to have children.”

Rod and Jayleene don’t believe IVF funding will arrive in time for them, but they’re not done trying – to conceive and to effect change.

“Anything we can do, so that someone doesn’t have to say ‘no’ to a family because they can’t afford it.”

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You can view the VIDEO on Global website by clicking here

We Have Been Busy!

by Dr. Adrian Gamelin

It’s been a while since I posted, but let me reassure you that we have not been on holidays. We have been busy!

Since we opened the doors to Aurora, we have been bustling with activity. It has been very exciting for us to get our donor and partner intrauterine insemination programs up and running. We also recently completed our first series of IVF treatments. It went very smoothly, thanks to our awesome and experienced staff who worked hard to give our patients the best experience possible. The feedback has been enormously positive.

We have also been working very hard to reduce the wait times for consultation at Aurora. We thank all of the women and couples who have waited a long time to see us for their patience as we made this transition. We understand how frustrating infertility is, and how much a long wait list to see a specialist can add to that. The good news is that we are able to see couples experiencing fertility problems much more quickly now – within 4 months at most right now.

It’s rewarding to see our vision for fertility care come to life at Aurora, and it’s a privilege to be a part of your journey.

NHSF Accreditation

by Dr. Allison Case

We are pleased to share that we are now accredited as a Non-Hospital Surgical Facility (NHSF) by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. This is an extensive process that requires facilities like ours to review all aspects of the care they provide, with an emphasis on patient safety and high quality care.

The preparation leading up to our on-site inspection in June required a huge effort by the Aurora team. We would also like to thank the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Saskatchewan Medical Association for their assistance and support over the last several months as our hopes and vision for fertility care in Saskatchewan came to life. It is a pleasure to work with these groups who are truly dedicated to improving medical care in our province.

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