Hong Kong: The Beijing government announced Thursday that it will cover 16 types of assisted reproductive technology under the city’s healthcare system from July 1, the latest move by authorities to boost China’s flagging birth rate.
Du Xin, deputy director of the center, said in vitro fertilization, embryo implantation and semen freezing and storage are some of the treatments that will be included under the basic insurance. Beijing Municipal Medical Insurance Bureau.
The measure comes as China struggles to stem a decline in births after it recorded its first population decline in six decades. The number of newborns fell to a record low of 6.77 per 1,000 people last year and is expected to drop further in 2023.
China National Health Commission Last August, he issued directives to governorates on policy reform to support fertility rates.
Northeast China’s Liaoning Province said in May that it would include assisted reproductive technologies from July 1.
Beijing’s announcement also comes ahead of a court ruling Teresa Shawa 35-year-old unmarried Chinese woman sued a Beijing public hospital for violating her rights by refusing to freeze her eggs because she is not married.
Concerned about China’s rapid aging, government political advisors suggested in March that single and unmarried women should receive egg freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, among other services.
It is difficult for single women across the country to access fertility treatments such as IVF techniques and egg freezing due to the national rule that they must be married.
Some private clinics in provinces such as the southwestern province of Sichuan have already started allowing IVF due to the drop in births.
Deregulating fertility treatments nationwide could unleash more demand in what is already the world’s largest market, investors and industry executives said, and strain limited fertility services.


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