Introduction Access to fertility care

Capsule:
Despite impressive advances in the field of reproductive medicine, access to care is a persisting challenge. These articles explore barriers to fertility care and propose a constructive path forward.

Authors:
Owen K. Davis, M.D., Rebecca Z. Sokol, M.D., M.P.H.

Volume 105, Issue 5, Pages 1111-1112

Abstract:

Given that only an estimated 24% of infertile couples in the United States can fully engage in the medical care required to successfully conceive, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has incorporated improved access to the full gamut of fertility therapies as an integral component of the Society’s strategic plan that was launched in 2014. Toward this end, the ASRM hosted a two-day summit held in Washington D.C. in September 2015 that attracted thought leaders, both speakers and attendees, from around the world. This issue’s Views and Reviews focuses on several key areas integral to this effort: an appreciation of the economic challenges to access, as well as the impact and interplay of racial, ethnic, emotional and gender-specific issues in the treatment of infertility. The potential to broaden access to care through modification of existing assisted reproductive techniques is also explored.

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