Affordable IVF Needed for Better Fertility Patient Outcomes01/20/2012
Most people do not have insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF), forcing many patients to make treatment decisions based on their budget and not on best practices. Unfortunately, fertility clinics have not made care more affordable to assist their patients in making better decisions.
Plainview, NY (PRWEB) February 10, 2010 -- Most people do not have insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF), forcing many patients to make treatment decisions based on their budget and not on best practices. Unfortunately, fertility clinics have not made care more affordable to assist their patients in making better decisions. Without good options, patients often resort to less expensive treatments including ovulation inducing hormones that stimulate multiple eggs to ovulate resulting in high risk, costly multiple pregnancies. IVF can avoid these multiple pregnancies by limiting the number of embryos transferred. In this way, affordable IVF saves money with less need for hospital beds, NICU beds and disability care.
“It is my strong belief that every infertility center in the United States needs to restructure their costs in some way even if means making less money,” says David Kreiner, MD of East Coast Fertility. “Our clinic’s Single Embryo Transfer Program incentivizes transferring one embryo at a time so patients don’t have to feel they must hedge their bets and transfer more embryos to increase the chance of pregnancy.”
A patient in the East Coast Fertility program receives cryopreservation of the embryos and storage of the embryos for free. She may also do three (3) frozen embryo transfers within 1 year of the retrieval for the price of just one. This minimizes the financial need for the patient to put all her eggs in one basket.
East Coast Fertility also offers a minimal stimulation program, MicroIVF, that not only is affordable ($3900) but eliminates the risk of hyperstimulation syndrome, uses fewer medications and significantly reduces the risk of developing a multiple pregnancy. MicroIVF is essentially the cost of IUI with ovulation inducing medications without the risk and better than twice the success.
“I am so proud to work with a clinic who is a leader not just in reproductive care but in reproductive ethics,” says Pamela Madsen, founder of The American Fertility Association and The Fertility Advocate. East Coast Fertility offers income based sliding scale grants including the NYState DOH grant to patients doing IVF.
“My wish is to assist all patients in need with creating that healthy family of their dreams without adding unnecessary risk,” says Kreiner. “Our programs help them in their quest. Until the government and insurance companies step up with coverage, it is up to the IVF programs themselves to help patients get the IVF that they need to build their families.”