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Evidence-based non-profit care.
Please note that our service is not yet up and running and we do not accept appointment reservations.
“At CMA we intend to launch our own non-profit fertility service in winter 2021”
We help you get your pregnancy
It is clear that today there are many problems with how people can access fertility services funded by the National Health System (SNS).
In addition, a very common problem in Social Security that does not occur in private clinics, are the restrictions and possibilities to be able to access these fertility treatments.
Although priority is often given to women with diagnosed fertility problems, there are other prerequisites to meet to enter the Social Security waiting list.
It is important to note that the restrictions imposed by Public Health in order to access assisted reproduction treatments vary according to the specific regulations of each autonomous community. Still, there are some common priorities and requirements that occur in virtually the entire country.
How to access fertility treatments with Social Security
- Be under 40
- Having a serious gynecological disease
- Having no children with the current partner
- Do not have “voluntary” infertility (vasectomy, tubal ligation). Not having serious general illnesses
- Not having a low response to ovarian stimulation
- The maximum number of cycles has not been performed (3)
- Having a Social Security membership number
This can leave those who want a child, but they need help conceiving with no choice but to privately fund their own treatment. This can be extremely expensive.
CMA sees many parallels between current fertility services and how abortion care developed in this country when the law was changed in 2010: women often could not access social security-funded treatment and were forced to seek help from private clinics, often at exorbitant prices. We established ourselves more than 35 years ago to provide women with a low-cost, high-quality alternative in the absence of SNS-funded services, while being part of the movement for the right of all women to access funded provision. Today, abortion services are an accepted part of THE SNS-funded women’s reproductive health care and industry-wide standards are extremely high. Our advocacy and campaign over the years ensure that it remains so.
Our goal is to take the same approach in fertility services.
CMA believes that all couples who are clinically eligible should be able to access the 3 funded cycles recommended by international associations, and we will campaign to achieve this. But if people need to self-fund their treatment, they should be able to access evidence-based, high-quality fertility care at non-profit prices.
At CMA we intend to launch our own non-profit fertility service in winter 2021. We have consulted with a wide range of stakeholders to inform the development of our service, and our goal is to provide ethical, evidence-based, and patient-centered care. in what can often be an extremely difficult path, and that often does not end at birth. We intend to charge only what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality, accessible service to patients who cannot access SNS-funded care.
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Julio Robles, Executive Director of Aragon Medical Center
This month, Aragon Medical Center announced plans to open a new clinic in Barcelona to provide fertility services.
Here, we will be supporting individuals and couples desperate to have a pregnancy that will result in the birth of a child. At our other clinics, we will continue to support women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. So how can a health center, known internationally for its advocacy and provision of abortion services, advocate for and offer IVF? And how will patients feel about accessing IVF care from an organization that also provides abortions?
Ultimately, the last question will be answered only when we start accepting appointments. But we are confident enough to make a substantial investment in a low-cost, patient-centered, evidence-based model of care that we believe will be a beacon for the future.
If you are seeking IVF in Spain, you face a service provision landscape that mirrors the one faced by women seeking abortion in the 1980s. Back then, abortion was legal, available and free in the NHS in theory, but only a few were able to access NHS hospitals able and willing to provide it, while the rest paid for private care. Some of the private care was excellent and reasonably priced; some was high cost, low quality and exploited women’s desperation.
CMA was set up as a private clinic to provide the best possible care at the lowest possible cost. It was truly a nonprofit organization: its sole purpose was to provide care for people with reproductive health problems and to educate society about what they needed. The first clinic provided private abortion services at minimal cost. Then the SNS began paying us to treat patients who could not.
CMA has never been just about abortion. We have always focused on choice in our mission and, for many decades, abortion was the option that women could not access in NHS hospitals but that we could offer. That has changed. Abortion is no longer as stigmatised as it once was and many women who choose to terminate a pregnancy will have their abortion funded by the NHS.
We will continue to advocate for women’s right to choose, constantly building and improving our holistic care service. But now is the time to turn the skills we have gathered over the last 40 years to support another kind of choice, supporting those whose fertility problem is conception.
The infertility world needs CMA. Patients need evidence-based services, with transparent costs and no-profit pricing.
As CEO of CMA, I know that there are not two worlds of women: women who want to have babies (who need access to fertility services) and women who don’t (who need an abortion). There is a world of women who need different things at different times. Biology plays a cruel game with us: we are most fertile when we are least inclined to start a family, and our fertility declines when we are still more than capable of raising children. As a medical center, our core value is choice: the self-determination to decide if, when and with whom to have a child. We have helped women exercise that choice to terminate a pregnancy, now we will help women achieve pregnancy.
Anyone who is truly committed to reproductive choice understands that our job is simply to allow our patients to act on the decision that is best for them while complying with laws and rules and to leverage the experiences of our patients and staff to advocate for what is needed. Improvements.
We have done this with abortion and will now pioneer this approach in infertility. A few years ago, I was told that the profits were so great in the fertility world, that CMA would never find quality people to come out of the NHS and work with us. The appointment of Antonio Lara, former head of embryology at Navarra hospital to head up our service shows how wrong they were and I have every confidence that we will be able to work in partnership with the NHS to bring a unique service to the world of infertility care.