Since 2002, there has been an IVF fund in order to financially aid couples with fertility dysfunction in the undertaking of IVF treatment.
70% of the costs for treatment and medications can be financed by the IVF fund – this is valid for four attempts at fertility treatment. The couple desiring children must therefore pay an own contribution of 30%. The so-called IVF Fund Act regulates the circumstances under which treatment costs are borne by the fund and where affected couples can turn to in order to apply for the costs to be assumed.
The IVF fund is aimed at couples who are married or in a registered partnership or in a civil partnership. This also includes lesbian couples, provided that the medical requirements (below) are met.
The couple must be insured in Austria, being insured in another European country doesn't count.
The couple must have an Austrian citizenship, an EU-citizenship or an Austrian resident permit of at least 5 years.
The woman must not be older than 40 years and the man must not be older than 50 years.
There must be an existing diagnosed fertility dysfunction in one of the partners (such as blocked fallopian tubes, PCO syndrome, endometriosis or decreased sperm quality, etc.)
The following treatments are co-financed by the IVF fund in the case of In-Vitro-Fertilisation
Following hormonal stimulation to mature the eggs, the mature eggs are then extracted from the ovaries and mixed with the partner's semen in the laboratory. If fertilisation occurs, the viable cells can be introduced into the woman's uterus.
An Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is often used to help along the process of supporting fertilisation. It involves introducing a sperm cell directly into the egg cell.
If more embryos are created during fertilisation than can be implanted in the uterus, one has the possibility of freezing them and keeping them to potentially use a later point in time. This is called Cryopreservation.
If there are no spermatozoa in the ejaculate, these can be obtained directly from the epididymides or testes. These methods are referred to as MESA (Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration) and TESA (Testicular Sperm Aspiration).
The following treatments are not co-financed by the IVF fund in the case of In-Vitro-Fertilisation
The introduction of semen into a woman's uterus, does not fall within the scope of the IVF Fund Act and is therefore not financially supported.
The costs of having donor sperm provided or egg donation will not be covered.