The government is committed to helping childless couples and will make infertility drugs and related examinations available free of charge from February 1, the state secretary in charge of health care said on Monday.

Ildikó Horváth also announced that new protocols have been introduced to ensure updated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. She added that

the government has incresed the number of fertility treatment centres to 12 nationwide.

The programme, Horváth said, would use an annual 10.6 billion forints (EUR 11.8m) in terms of financing diagnostic procedures and drugs that patients have so far had to pay for.

Currently, one in seven married couples in Hungary are childless, impacting a total 150,000 people.

Through the new system, the government expects the number of births to reach 4,000 in 2022, the state secretary added.

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