Public or Private

With the upcoming election universal health coverage will once again be brought up.  I think that while it’s a beautiful idea in theory it is a disaster in practice.  If America was to have a universal health coverage where the tax payer essentially pays for another individual(s) care, should infertility treatments be covered??  I ask this because of this story.


4 thoughts on “Public or Private

  1. I don’t know. On one hand I am torn with the desire to have a child that shares both our genes, but I also think that after a certain amount of time one has to stop spending unnecessary money on propagating and accept the facts of nature. Love is love.

  2. Okay, so this one hits close to home. First off, I’m totally against the idea of universal health care. I would not have a beautiful daughter today because my husband would be dead. When we were looking at his second operation, we read that the wait for it (if you could get it) was about two years. Jonathan had his operation in four months and had already grown tumors the size of your fist. This was even after everything looked good and we were being cautious. Thus, cancer altered our ability to have a child.

    Granted, I understand her being blindsighted by the situation. I would have never dreamed that Jonathan and I would have to face the possibility of not having kids. I remember working throught our premarriage book and thinking, Oh I can skip the situation about not being able to have kids.

    So we looked into our options and realized that doing IVF and adoption are about the same amount of money. Adoption just has a higher success rate. Since we had never tried to have a child, we realized that we wanted to at least try. This was important to figure out at the beginning rather than during the process, so we knew when to stop IVF. IVF can drag as long as you want it to. I’ve heard of people trying for ten or more years.

    Our doctor was insistent on educating us on how fertility works in the human species and understanding the medical procedures. It seemed a little over the top, but I understand now why he was so insistent. We needed to know what our bodies could handle and that as time goes on, it gets harder to have a child. I had to undergo the marathon blood draw and numerous tests. It seemed silly and unnecessary at the time, but my doctor explained that if we are going to go to all this trouble to put a fertilized egg in, you want to make sure that the uterus can handle caring for it. So the tests she is talking about were not unnecessary.

    It seemed to me that she is more upset about the baby not being blond and blue eyed. If the baby looks like her husband, she may never have gotten a blond and blue eyed baby with her own eggs. Again, I think it’s important to decide what is important before starting the process and then realizing you have regrets.

    Alas, I feel sorry for her and her child. She is missing a wonderful time of accepting the child for who he is. No child turns out exactly the way a parent envisions (which is probably a good thing). I feel sorry for the child for when he finds this article and reads it later on in life.

    As for infertility being covered, I think covering simple forms (clomid, natural IUIs) should be covered. However, the more intense and expensive part should be up to the couple. It is not something to go into lightly. Also, by paying out of pocket, the quality of care far exceeds any HMO or universal care one could receive. I think when we hear universal health care, we automatically think we can get all kinds of services and meds for free or for very little cost. Sadly, it doesn’t work this way. Usually there won’t be enough money to pay for the services people need or to pay the doctors the amount they deserve which usually means long waiting lists or never getting the service needed. Okay, there is my eight cents worth.

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