IVF in a large hospital or a free-standing clinic ?
Posted Oct 26 2013 10:35pm
IVF patients are often not sure how to
select an IVF clinic which is right for them . Since most medical procedures
are carried out in hospitals , most IVF patients naively believe that the
hospital setting is the best place in which to get their IVF treatment . Lots
of hospitals do offer IVF treatment, and patients feel safe and secure in a
hospital setting, because they believe that hospitals are well-equipped , and
can handle any emergency , in case anything should go amiss during the
treatment. Hospitals also have large advertising and marketing budgets , which
is why they find it easy to attract patients .
However , hospitals are not the best settings for providing IVF care –
and most IVF treatment globally is offered in freestanding independent IVF clinics
which provide specialized care on a day-care basis . The problem with hospitals
is that they are large and impersonal ; full of red-tape ; and can be dangerous
because they harbor antibiotic –resistant bacteria and lots of sick patients.
IVF patients are not really patients –
they are basically healthy couples , who just need little bit of help in order
to kick-start their pregnancy. Being
forced to wait with sick patients in a hospital environment can actually be
dangerous , because of risk of medical errors and hospital acquired infections
within this kind of setting is far more than it would be in an IVF clinic .
IVF clinics are focused factories , which
are designed to deal only with IVF patients . They provide all the services
which an IVF patient needs under one roof. IVF clinics are much more cost
effective and patient friendly. In a hospital setting, IVF patients are forced
to deal with the hospital bureaucracy . They have to wait in line to pay their
bills ; fill in their admission paperwork; and get a followup appointment. This
can be extremely frustrating - and this is especially true when the IVF clinic
in the hospital is part of an OB/GYN department , and the poor IVF patient is
forced to sit in the same room with pregnant women .
IVF clinics can offer much more
personalized hands-on care, which is tailored efficiently to meet the specialized
needs of IVF patients . The trouble is
that not all IVF clinics have a good reputation ; and not all of them have the
experience, expertise and the state-of-the-art equipment to provide
good-quality care. This is why it's important for patients to do their homework
! Just because a clinic is situated in a
hospital doesn't necessarily mean that it has the latest IVF equipment and
facilities – and just because it is freestanding doesn't mean that it's not as
well equipped as any clinic anywhere in the world . IVF technology is very
specialized and focused , and most modern IVF clinics provide all the facilities
and services which patients need.
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