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IVF for $7000? How Do We Do It?


IVF FOR $7000 

This includes all exams, ultrasounds, egg retrieval, sperm injection,  culture of embryos, and embryo transfer.  It does not include embryo cryopreservation & storage, medications and possibly some lab tests.

Fertility Partnership has been ranked a #1 Program for live birth rates according to the CDC Data in the prior years report. We are not always number one but we always have excellent success rates that are above national averages despite being less than half the cost of most programs. 

Why are we so successful and how do we do it it consistently year after year at less than half the cost?

First you should know that this is a battle I have been fighting for years; to bring down costs of IVF. I invite you to read an article about my efforts in Newsweek, 2010. There is no reason you should be spending twenty thousand dollars or more for IVF!!

The difficulty was finding the correct price point for our services without affecting the quality and our success rates. I knew if we lowered cost we would need to increase the volume of patients and I did no want it to affect the quality or the culture of our office which is very warm and caring. I believe that we have that price point. We have more than doubled our patients and have seen the success rates not change. 

The cost of IVF in the IVF is really too high. Many simply can not afford it while others look around for a clinic with lower costs. Some clinics have tried what is called “shared risk programs”. That is where you pay for more than one round of IVF upfront and are given certain assurances that you will have a successful outcome. There are even promises or guarantees to return money if all attempts failed. We considered pursuing this at Fertility Partnership but decided not to do it. What dissuaded us from pursuing this practice is the casino feel to the practice. It is best to just charge as little as you can each try than “shared risk”.

So what about “Mini/Micro IVF”? Unfortunately, it has not panned out. The published success rates show that  “Mini/Micro IVF” is much less successful than traditional IVF. It may have a place for women with very low egg reserve but it has not been clearly proven. She and many see Yet some doctors (although not many) offer this, luring people into believing they are getting a good deal.

So what’s the answer? How do you lower the cost of in vitro fertilization?

The answer is by doing just that, lowering the cost of in vitro fertilization. I believe that physicians need to lower their expectations of what they will ”earn”  from each cycle and be prepared to provide treatment to the increased number of couples who will seek care as it becomes more affordable. We are only taking care of a fourth of the patients in the USA who require in vitro fertilization and all that goes with it. Clinics need to just lower their prices and roll up their sleeves to work harder and provide good care for more people.

THAT’S HOW WE DO IT!

 

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2 Responses
  1. Hello Dr. Elan, such an useful blog you have shared here! I truly feel so glad to read all this knowledge about the awareness of IVF. Nowadays lifestyle issues which lead to problems of infertility. Just want to ask you Is IVF Procedure Painful?

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Dr Quinn,

      Thank you for following my blog. If you would like to contact me here in St. Louis Missouri feel free.
      I am a great admirer of your work with HTF. 30 years ago I worked with Dr. Lippes.

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