The possibility of assuming certain costs through the IVF fund has existed in Austria since 2002.
70% of the costs for treatment and medication can be financed through the IVF fund - this applies to four attempts as part of fertility treatment.
Couples who wish to have children must therefore pay a deductible of 30%. The so-called IVF Fund Act regulates the circumstances under which the treatment costs are borne by the fund and where affected couples can turn to apply for cost coverage.
Insemination, i.e. the introduction of semen into the woman's uterus, does not fall under the scope of the IVF Fund Act and is therefore not supported financially.
Provision of donor sperm or egg donation
The costs for providing a sperm donation or egg donation are not covered.
The following treatments are financially supported by the IVF fund as part of in vitro fertilization.
After hormonal stimulation to mature the egg cells, the mature egg cells are then removed from the ovaries and mixed with the partner's semen in the laboratory. If fertilization occurs in the process, the viable cells can be introduced into the woman's uterus.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
To support fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is often used. A sperm cell is inserted directly into the egg cell.
If more embryos are created during fertilization than can be inserted into the uterus, there is the option of freezing them and storing them for a later attempt. This is known as cryopreservation.
If there are no sperm in the ejaculate, they may be obtained directly from the epididymis or testicles. These methods are known as MESA (microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration) and TESA (testicular sperm aspiration).
Married couples and registered civil partnerships:
The IVF fund is aimed at couples who are married, in a registered partnership or in a civil partnership. This also includes lesbian couples, provided the medical requirements (below) are met by a woman who wants to carry the child to term.
Both partners must be demonstrably insured in Austria;
Both partners must have Austrian citizenship, EU citizenship or a residence permit. You can find more information here;
The woman must not be over 40 years of age and the man not over 50 years of age;
Cause of infertility:
The woman must either be infertile (due to fallopian tubes that are closed, removed or inoperable on both sides; endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome) and / or the man is sterile (in the form of reduced sperm quality). Other options for bringing about a pregnancy must have already been exhausted.