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Up to 2 million won per person… Support for all people in their 20s with diseases that cause decreased ovarian function

Egg freezing procedure

Egg freezing procedure

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Go Eun-ji = The Seoul Metropolitan Government increased the number of people eligible for the ‘Egg Freezing Treatment Cost Support Project’ from 300 last year to 650 this year, providing up to 2 million won per person to women aged 20 to 49 who wish to freeze their eggs. It was announced on the 14th that it would be more than doubled in size.

In addition, in order to increase support for healthy egg freezing for those in their 20s who have a high chance of becoming pregnant, we decided to relax the standards for ovarian function level (AMH) and provide support to all people diagnosed with diseases that cause decreased ovarian function, regardless of the level.

Egg freezing is a procedure that collects healthy eggs, stores them at ultra-low temperature, and then thaws them for use when needed.

The city has been implementing a project since September last year to provide up to 2 million won, which is half of the cost of egg freezing surgery, per person to women aged 20 to 40. For those in their 30s and 40s, support is provided regardless of ovarian function level, and for those in their 20s, if the level is less than 1.5ng per mL. However, those in their 20s had relatively high ovarian function levels, so out of the total 219 beneficiaries of treatment costs over the past four months, only 18 (8.2%) were in their 20s.

The city has expanded the scope of support this year so that more people can benefit, and has relaxed the ovarian function level, which is the standard for support, from 1.5 ng per mL or less to 3.5 ng per mL. People suffering from diseases that cause decline in ovarian function, such as cancer, will be eligible for treatment regardless of the level. Conditions were relaxed to support egg freezing.

Any woman between the ages of 20 and 49 who has lived in Seoul for more than 6 months (according to resident registration) can apply. Even if the procedure has already been performed after September 1 of last year, when the project was started, relief is provided if it is recognized as a target after going through procedures such as document verification by an expert. Retroactive support is provided on an established basis.

The support project is being promoted after the city signed an agreement with the Non-life Insurance Social Contribution Council last year, and the Non-life Insurance Association plans to support a total of 3 billion won in egg freezing treatment costs from 2023 to 2026.

The support standards will be relaxed immediately for the 500 people supported through donations from the Non-Life Insurance Association, and the relaxed standards will be applied to the 150 people supported through the city budget after discussions on changes to the social security system are completed.

Applications can be made online at the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s All Information Key (https://umppa.seoul.go.kr/). For more information, please contact the Seoul Women and Family Foundation (☎ 02-3280-2049).

Kim Tae-hee, director of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Civil Health Bureau, said, “The city of Seoul will accompany and provide full support to citizens who desperately want a child in a situation of serious low birth rates.” He added, “Support for egg freezing increases the success rate of pregnancy through healthy egg freezing and leads to a healthy birth, guaranteeing the mother’s right to health.” “I hope it will have some effect,” he said.

eun@yna.co.kr

Report to KakaoTalk okjebo 2024/02/14 11:15 Sent

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