Is it ever right to raffle fertility treatment?

When plans for an IVF lottery were announced here in the UK, the overall response was far from positive with questions raised about the ethics and the finances, but in the US it appears that running lotteries for fertility treatment has become more common.  One clinic even asked people to enter a competition to win treatment by writing or making a video about their fertility problems and why they deserved treatment…

It’s true that our current access to funded fertility treatment is problematic to say the least, and that many couples simply can’t afford to go privately – but does that make running lotteries for treatment right? Those in favour argue that it offers hope, but if your chance of winning is one in a million, it’s probably more about raising unrealistic expectations.  Lotteries may be a good way for clinics to gain publicity, they may be a good way for individuals to make money – but I don’t see how a lottery can ever be a satisfactory way to offer healthcare.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the US lotteries here 

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