As Health Minister Chris Fearne announced, the cost of medicines required for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment will be covered by the state as from next year.
Speaking in Parliament, Fearne explained that while the government currently covered about €15,000 of the expenses for treatment at Mater Dei, couples were still forced to pay over €3,000 in stimulation medicines.
Malta first introduced IVF services in October 2013, following years-long delays. Now that the government will be covering these additional costs, parents will not have to pay a cent when going through IVF.
Last April, the Nationalist Party proposed the removal of this financial burden by having the government cover costs, reiterating a stance it has adopted for many years.