Funding IVF in Quebec: Mining the Web to Assess Public Support for Policy Change

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Funding IVF in Quebec: Mining the Web to Assess Public Support for Policy Change

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On March 12, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services announced that the province would be the first jurisdiction in North America to cover the costs of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Judging by the increase in Internet discussion of the topic, Quebec's decision has heightened the public discourse on allocation of taxpayer dollars. At this time, two million Quebecers are without a regular doctor.

This study measured online public opinion before and after the Minister's announcement, using "sentiment analysis." This involves mining open-access content on blogs, online commentary and message boards. No individual identifiers were captured.

Start date January 2011

End date January 2011


People Neil Seeman


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