Yeboah and Yeboah
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 3 (3), pp. 085-092, April 2013.
ISSN: 2276-7797 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 012113400
Assisted reproduction technology in Queensland, Australia
David Achanfuo Yeboah* and Tracey Maree Yeboah
Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates, Joe Lapinto Group, Brisbane, Australia.
Corresponding Author’s Email: david.yeboah @adu. ac. ae
This study is aimed at providing further insights into the trends in assisted reproduction technology in the State of Queensland, Australia. The Statistical analysis was undertaken on assisted reproduction technology mothers and other mothers between 1995 and 2007 with a view to establishing patterns and trends in types of assisted reproduction technology, outcomes, plurality, gestation and birth weight. The results from the study showed that, during the period 1995-2007, the number and proportion of assisted reproduction technology mothers increased together with an increase in the proportion of assisted reproduction technology mothers in the older age groups. In terms of outcomes, the study found that assisted reproduction technology resulted in more plural births than non assisted reproduction technology, but that the proportion of non twin multiple births declined during the study period. The study showed also that the proportion of assisted reproduction technology mothers out of all mothers increased. Thus, the increasing popularity of assisted reproduction technology among females wanting to have a baby was enhanced by the inclusion of the procedures in Medicare. The study concluded that, with the pending removal of the Medicare subsidy for assisted reproduction technology and the high costs associated with the procedures, the number of participating females is likely to decline.
Keywords: Assisted, reproduction, technology, Queensland, Australia.