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

Smajdor, Anna (2007) State-funded IVF will make us rich... or will it? Journal of Medical Ethics, 33 (8). pp. 468-469.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: costs and cost analysis,female,fertilization in vitro,great britain,humans,pregnancy,pregnancy outcome,socioeconomic factors,state medicine,taxes
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:13
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1136/jme.2006.018309

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