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The Impact of the Economic Recession in Greece on Assisted Reproduction Demand: A Retrospective Longitudinal Study

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Centre for Human Reproduction, Genesis Athens Clinic, 14-16, Papanikoli, 15232 Athens, Greece
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Department of Physiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 75, Mikras Asias, 11527 Athens, Greece
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Assisted Conception Unit, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aretaieion Hospital, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 76, Vasilisis Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece
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Medicina 2019, 55(10), 654; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina55100654
Received: 4 August 2019 / Revised: 12 September 2019 / Accepted: 27 September 2019 / Published: 29 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Background and objectives: Since 2009, the decline of the Greek economy has been in the spotlight of the world’s financial agenda. This study assesses the economic crisis’ impact on assisted reproduction demand dynamics. Materials and Methods: Patient records were recruited between 2005–2017. In 2013 the clinic proceeded with a cost reduction. The studied time-frames were defined accordingly: Period A: Prior to economic crisis, Period B: During the economic crisis-prior to cost reduction, and Period C: During the economic crisis-following cost reduction. Analysis focused on parameters reflecting on patient characteristics, decision to inquire on IVF treatment, embarking on it, and proceeding with multiple cycles. Results: The mean annual number of first visit patients was significantly decreased during Period B (1467.00 ± 119.21) in comparison to period A (1644.40 ± 42.57) and C (1637.8 ± 77.23). Furthermore, Period C in comparison to B and A, refers to women of more advanced age (37.27 ± 5.62 vs 36.04 ± 5.76 vs 35.53 ± 5.28), reporting a longer infertility period (8.49 ± 6.25 vs 7.01 ± 5.66 vs 6.46 ± 5.20), being inclined to abandon IVF treatment sooner (2.78 ± 2.51 vs 2.60 ± 1.92 vs 4.91 ± 2.28). Conclusions: A decline regarding assisted reproduction techniques (ART) demand was noted as anticipated. Redefining the cost of infertility treatments may contribute towards overcoming the troubling phenomenon of postponing pregnancy due to financial concerns. View Full-Text
Keywords: Financial crisis; Greek economic recession; In Vitro Fertilization (IVF); ART demand; Infertility treatment Financial crisis; Greek economic recession; In Vitro Fertilization (IVF); ART demand; Infertility treatment
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Sfakianoudis, K.; Simopoulou, M.; Rapani, A.; Grigoriadis, S.; Maziotis, E.; Giannelou, P.; Pantou, A.; Vaxevanoglou, T.; Fakiridou, M.; Koutsilieris, M.; Pantos, K. The Impact of the Economic Recession in Greece on Assisted Reproduction Demand: A Retrospective Longitudinal Study. Medicina 2019, 55, 654.

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