doctors prepare for an influx of requests

Olivier Véran announced on Tuesday an envelope of 8 million euros to reduce waiting times for future parents from one year to six months.

PMA for all is generating an influx of demands. Women couples and single women are more numerous than expected to apply to centers for medically assisted procreation after the adoption of the bioethics law at the end of June. Even before the publication of the implementing decrees for the text, expected before the end of September, reproduction professionals alerted the Ministry of Health to the risk of traffic jams and the difficulty in enforcing the law with constant resources.

«Since the law was passed, we have already received between 100 and 200 requests per center in two large servicesSays Michael Grynberg, head of reproductive medicine at AP-HP. “This is more than we imagined. There is a significant demand from female couples who have been waiting for this law for a long time», Emphasizes Florence Brugnot, president of the Federation of Blefco which brings together all the professionals, public and private, of the laboratories of medically assisted procreation. “We have requests every day. At least twenty requests per week. There is a ‘start-up wave’ effect», Reports Thomas Fréour, head of the medically assisted procreation service at Nantes University Hospital.

Faced with this influx, we will not get by and we will not be able to apply the law without additional human resources.

Michael Grynberg, Head of Reproductive Medicine Services at AP-HP

About 3,500 new demands related to the law have already been registered against the 1,000 expected at start-up, according to the Ministry of Health. In front of reproduction professionals meeting on videoconference on Tuesday, Olivier Véran announced an envelope of 8 million euros until 2023 – including 4 million from 2021 in the year – to buy additional equipment and allow the centers to recruit advantage of professionals. An amount “sufficient to prime»The management of these new PMA courses, according to Florence Brugnot. “It will be a huge job for the ART centers to meet the demand. On what criteria should patients be chosen in these conditions? Faced with this influx, we will not get by and we will not be able to apply the law without additional human resources. We can’t put the teams in the red“, Warns Michael Grynberg.

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Six months maximum

On Tuesday, the Minister of Health posted “strong political will»On the application of the new law in front of these professionals. He set them a waiting period target of six months maximum for all future parents who apply for assisted reproduction with a donation. Today, for heterosexual couples, this waiting period is between 6 and 18 months depending on the center. To respect this instruction, however, the campaigns planned by the biomedicine agency to recruit more donors will have to bear fruit. In a context of gamete deficit, the centers also hope that female couples and single women will raise awareness among those around them about donation. There remains the unknown of the lifting of donor anonymity for the majority of children born from a donation. “We must not be pessimistic. When Great Britain lifted the anonymity of donors, the country faced a decline but donations increased in a second stepReassures Florence Brugnot.

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