Allow Egg Donors Fair Reimbursement

Allow Egg Donors Fair Reimbursement

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On June 26th 2019, Health Canada released a draft of proposed regulations in accordance to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act which included amendments to the reimbursement policy for Egg Donors.

The proposed list excludes many items that a donor needs to expense during a cycle and will likely lead to donors having to pay out of pocket to donate their eggs.

The major concerns with these changes are that:

1) The increased costs on the Egg Donor will prevent many women from being able to donate their eggs creating a massive shortage of Canadian Egg Donors 

2) The shortage of available Egg Donors will cause many couples to either abandon their journey to parenthood or look overseas to other countries that offer commercialized egg donation.

We ask that Health Canada allow for more cycle related expenses including but not limited to : Lost Wages, Costs associated with bringing along a support person during appointments and the retrieval, any costs associated with long distance communications (between the donor and intended parents or the donor and the clinic/agency), or any expense incurred by the donor related to the cycle provided she submit a receipt.

As it stands, Canada is the recipient of many couples who turn to our clinics to help them through their journey to parenthood because the laws in their own countries are too strict to allow for Egg Donation. The amount of couples who match with Canadian egg donors are extremely high and they make up for a large amount of money put into our economy. Not only will that be lost when these couples can no longer find donors here, our own Canadian couples will be forced to look to countries like Russia, India and the U.S to match with egg donors. Donor cycles are expensive and cost upwards of fifty thousand dollars. Money that will now pour into neighboring countries. We can and should be able to provide our Canadian couples with safe reliable options here in Canada, all while accepting foreign couples as a boost to our economy. Significant out of pocket costs for donors will greatly reduce the amount of egg donors available. There is already a shortage since Canadian donors do not get compensated but rather just reimbursed for cycle related expenses. 

We do not ask that donors get compensated for donating their eggs. We simply ask that they are  fairly reimbursed for things that they will need to pay for during their cycles. Gas, mileage, childcare, meals while away from home, lost wages, pain medication etc. We cannot expect our donors to not be compensated for this amazing gift but then to go forward and also ask them to spend their own money on the process, most often preformed for complete strangers. We ask that the government does not put any more limitations or restrictions on expenses and allow us to move forward as they have been; to submit all legitimate and actual expense receipts and be reimbursed accordingly. 

Please sign this petition and support Egg Donors as they give couples the most precious gift that can be given - a baby!

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