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Insurance Coverage for Iatrogenic Infertility

My article, “Including Fertility Preservation Treatment: Consistency and Fairness in Insurance Coverage for Iatrogenic Conditions Resulting from Cancer Treatment,” was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In the article, I discuss how insurance companies currently cover treatment for iatrogenic conditions resulting from cancer treatment that could be perceived as elective when “naturally” occurring, such as breast reconstruction following mastectomy and wigs for alopecia. Looking at female cancer patients, I explore similarities between these iatrogenic conditions and iatrogenic infertility. I argue that, because treatment for iatrogenic infertility does not differ in morally significant ways from treatment for these other iatrogenic conditions that are covered, then it should also be covered if insurance companies want to maintain consistency and promote fairness.

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