November 21, 2015 5:08:26 am
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) is considering issuing guidelines to insurance companies in India to include infertility as a disease in medical insurance policies.
The agency informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the final decision will be taken shortly. Four public sector insurance companies, including Life Insurance Corporation of India, have also submitted that the matter is under active consideration and a decision in this regard would be taken soon.
The development came about during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by advocate Monica Dudani Mehtab seeking framing of a policy to provide insurance cover for the treatment of infertility.
It was informed that the Centre has already written a letter to the IRDA and the four public sector insurance companies on August 5 to consider framing insurance policy for infertility treatment.
Mehtab has submitted that as per International Institute of Population Sciences’ report, infertility was growing at an alarming pace.
The petition mentions that in India, 13 per cent of the married women aged between 15 and 49 years were childless in 1981 and the figure rose to 16 per cent in 2001,while the percentage of childless couples was increasing at a fast pace.
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