Requirements for the assumption of costs of IVF treatment
Since 2002, the IVF Fund in Austria has financially aided couples with infertility in going through IVF treatment.
The IVF Fund finances 70% of the costs for treatment and medications. This is valid for four attempts at fertility treatment. The couple desiring children must therefore pay 30%.
The IVF Fund Act regulates under which circumstances the treatment costs are covered by the fund and where affected couples can go to apply for the costs to be covered. Here we have put together the most important requirements:
Married couples and registered partnerships: The IVF Fund is aimed at couples who are married or living together in a registered partnership or cohabitation. This also includes lesbian couples, provided that the medical requirements (below) are met
Health insurance: Both partners must be verifiably insured in Austria
Citizenship: Both partners must have Austrian citizenship, EU citizenship or a residence title, read more information on the Bundesministerium website (in German)
Age limit: The woman must not be over the age of 40 and the man the age of 50
Cause of infertility: Either the woman must be infertile (due to bilateral blockage, removal or inoperability of the fallopian tubes, endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome) and/or the man must be infertile (in the form of reduced sperm quality). All other possibilities to induce pregnancy must have already been tried.
Following hormonal stimulation to mature the eggs, the mature eggs are then taken from the ovaries and mixed with the partner's semen in the laboratory. If fertilisation occurs, the fertilised 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, and is also supported by the IVF Fund.
If there are no sperm cells in the ejaculate (ejected semen), these can be obtained directly from the epididymides or testes. These procedures 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 are also not covered by The IVF Fund.