Insurance coverage

Ongoing study on insurance coverage for the treatment of infertility

Okaz/Saudi Official Gazette

JEDDAH – The Health Insurance Board of Saudi Arabia is conducting studies on the inclusion of infertility treatment in medical insurance coverage, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learned from knowledgeable medical sources.

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Dr Hassan Saleh Jamal, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, said the rate of delayed motherhood among Saudis ranges between 15-20%. He noted that such cases are increasing all over the world, due to lifestyle change, in addition to health, psychological and environmental issues.

Dr Jamal called on the Health Insurance Board to quickly include delayed childbearing among insurance benefits to deal with the growing number of such cases.

On his part, Dr. Haneen Abdul-Jabbar, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, said that the cost of artificial insemination reaches SR 7,000 while the expenses for Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) amounted to SR 15,000. She noted that 30% of cases of delayed childbearing are reported for no medical reason. About 15 clinical visit cases per month are those who suffer from delayed pregnancy, Dr. Haneen pointed out.

The council updates the insurance benefits at regular intervals. The updated basic insurance policy excludes coverage for devices, means, drugs, procedures, surgeries and hormone therapy for the purpose of achieving pregnancy or the treatment of infertility, impotence, infertility , in vitro fertilization or any other means of artificial insemination.