Proposed changes to joint Access to Infertility Treatment Policy

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Yorkshire and Humber area are considering some changes to they way they support people who are experiencing infertility to access specialist interventions to help them conceive.
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Recent changes to NICE guidance have prompted Clinical Commissioning Groups across Yorkshire and the Humber to update their joint commissioning policy which was adopted in 2013. The majority of changes are simple changes to wording, however there are four changes which may affect whether a couple may be eligible for NHS funded specialist fertility treatment.

The proposed changes

Eligibility of Overseas Visitors

If one partner has a different immigration status to the other, treatment will not be funded if one partner is not eligible as the policy applies as a couple. If either of the couple is liable for immigration health surcharge they will be unable to obtain NHS funded specialist infertility treatment.

Transgender Couples

The policy has been explicitly amended to include Transgender which will broaden access to NHS funded specialist infertility treatment to transgender couples.

Same Sex Couples

The new policy will give same sex couples access to NHS funded Artificial Insemination and Donor Insemination.

Need to be smoke free

Couples must be able to demonstrate they have been smoke free for at least three months and this will be confirmed with a carbon monoxide breath test.

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