The Act respecting clinical and research activities relating to assisted procreation helps ensure the safe and ethical practice of assisted procreation in Québec.
The Act to enact the Act to promote access to family medicine and specialized medicine services and to amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation came into effect on November 10, 2015.
The adoption of this law ends coverage of several assisted procreation services previously insured under the Québec assisted procreation program.
The following transitional provisions are for people with a health insurance card who began receiving certain services before November 11, 2015.
In the context of assisted procreation, the initial consultation is the starting point of services required for IVF purposes.
The initial consultation is conducted with a couple after an infertility evaluation. This consultation aims to develop and implement an appropriate treatment plan for assisted procreation through IVF.
People who started receiving IVF services will continue to be insured in the following cases:
The services will remain insured until whichever of the following 2 cases happens first:
The ovarian cycle during which the person received IVF services is, however, considered completed in the following situations:
Embryo cryopreservation and services required for sperm freezing and storage in cases in which assisted procreation services began before November 11, 2015, will be insured until November 10, 2018.
Given that the ovarian cycle ends in pregnancy, these people are not eligible for transitional provisions. They may not continue receiving frozen embryo transfers free of charge.
For example, if a person had a child in 2013 following IVF in 2012 and 2 embryos were frozen during that cycle, the cost for that person to transfer those frozen embryos for another pregnancy will not be covered by insurance.
Transitional provisions provided for in the Act also apply to surrogate mothers.
Artificial insemination services rendered by a doctor are still covered by insurance for a maximum of 9 procedures if they do not result in a pregnancy (positive fetal heart rate). Only sperm purchase-related costs are excluded.
Some services required for fertility preservation are covered when provided to a fertile person who is insured:
In such cases, the following services are covered by insurance:
If you have any questions about your personal situation, please consult your doctor.
Changes to the list of expenses eligible for tax assistance for the treatment of infertility following assent to Bill 20 – Newsletter published by the Ministère des Finances du Québec
The tax credit for the treatment of infertility is intended for people who have had IVF treatment during the taxation year. To be eligible to claim the tax credit, a number of criteria must be met. They include:
The tax credit varies depending on family income. The maximum amount of eligible expenses is $20,000 and the maximum tax credit is $10,000.
Consult Revenu Québec’s website to find out more about the eligibility criteria and eligible expenses. You will also find information about how to file a claim and how to complete the required forms.
Last update: December 11, 2017 3:27 PM
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