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The Cost of IVF Treatment

Posted Sep 03 2013 10:03pm
Anything having to do with medicine is getting increasingly expensive, which is why people take out medical insurance. However, health insurance does not cover all treatment - and IVF is usually excluded. For some reason, health insurance companies do not treat infertility as a medical illness, and refuse to cover IVF treatment. The cost of IVF can easily add up to thousands of dollars – and without the help of insurance, few people have that kind of spare money to spend on elective treatment. Nothing makes me sadder than when I see my patients’ hopes of becoming parents destroyed simply because they cannot afford the cost of the procedure.

Why is it that IVF treatments cost so much? As a doctor, I get that question all the time, especially when I have to tell my patient that IVF is their best option for a child, and they tell me frankly that the cost is something they simply cannot afford. This can be very frustrating – for both patients and doctors. Having to turn away a patient who I know can get pregnant if I did IVF for her, but not being able to assist her because she cannot afford the treatment can be heart-breaking.  As a doctor, I really want to help my patients, but I cannot control the cost of the procedure.

IVF is costly because it involves a lot of steps and expensive equipment.  Even though Indian clinics charge a fraction of what US clinics do ( even though we use exactly the same equipment and perform the same procedures ), I wish that IVF was a lot cheaper. This would make both me and my patients very happy , because then I could help everyone get the baby they have always wanted.


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