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IVF for Less? Really?
Well, here's the good news about the bad economy . . .
Over the past two weeks, two different clinics (count ‘em TWO) have touted the fact that they’re lowering the price of IVF.
Well, sort of . . .
Today, a press release from the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM) came across my desk. It announced a new "Micro-IVF" plan that "lowers the cost of in vitro treatment by more than 60 percent but is expected to triple the roughly 10 percent chance of pregnancy from a single IUI course."
A single Micro-IVF procedure will cost $4,950 which SIRM contrasts with "the $13,000 to $15,000 national average that patients usually pay for a round of IVF (including medications)."
Dr. Geoffrey Sher, SIRM’s founder, says that if you are a "good candidate” you should “bypass IUI entirely and go directly to Micro-IVF,” which, he claims, is "three times more likely to succeed than one try at IUI."
Ready to spring into Micro-IVF action? Give yourself the “Good Candidate Test.”
If you can answer "yes" to each of these questions, SIRM can “streamline” your treatment and charge you less:
1. I’m under 36. Yes?
2. I have regular periods and a normal egg reserve level. Yes?
3. There’s no severe infertility in my male equation. Yes?
4. My IVF isn’t covered by health insurance. ((Well, at least that last one’s a no-brainer!)
OK, number two:
So what exactly is the “70% more treatment” the plan offers? It includes an IVF cycle and any subsequent frozen cycles until pregnancy and, if needed, a second fresh and subsequent frozen cycle.
According to GRS Medical Director Dr. Mark Perloe, the plan is meant to “open the doors for some who otherwise may not be able to pursue their dream because of today's tough economic times.”
The only critieria, it appears, is that your IVF isn't covered by health insurance. And you need to hop to it before September 1.
So, gals, what do you think? This is positive news, no?
Or should we pay no attention to the man behind the curtain? ;)
Perhaps the bad economy holds a silver lining: a trend towards making IVF more affordable . . .
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