Almost 45pct of Japanese feel it is difficult to receive infertility treatment, survey shows

12-Jun-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 5:02 AM Print This Post

More people feel infertility treatment is difficult in Japan compared to respondents in France, Germany and Sweden, a Japanese government survey showed Friday.

The survey showed that 44.6 percent of respondents in Japan age 20 to 49 said they think it is not easy to be treated for infertility. That compared with rates of 12.3 percent in France, 16.6 percent in Germany and 10 percent in Sweden.

Of those in Japan who said it is not easy to take the treatment, 91.8%, the highest proportion, cited high costs as their reason.

High costs were the most cited reason in the European countries as well, including 76.5 percent of respondents in Germany.

The survey in Japan was carried out from October to January on 2,500 people, with valid responses coming from 54.9%.

The government expanded the amount of subsidies available for infertility treatment in January. It plans to cover the treatment under public health insurance starting in fiscal 2022, which begins in April next year.

Another survey showed that 10.2 percent of unmarried Japanese respondents feel a stronger urge to get married since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 74.2 percent said it has not changed.


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