A recent article on Reuters.com examines the out of pocket costs expected for infertility treatment, based on a recent study of couples attending San Francisco-area fertility clinics.
The study, published in The Journal of Urology, interviewed 332 couples about their treatment-related expenses, finding an average out-of-pocket cost of $5,338 for fertility treatments. Researchers found that expenses were higher for couples who took more time to get pregnant and underwent more treatment cycles.
CHR’s Dr. Kushnir was quoted in the article: he would be “very cautious” about generalizing the study’s findings.
“I don’t think you can extrapolate this study to represent what’s happening in the United States as a whole,” he said, adding, “It’s not just how much does a given treatment cycle cost out of pocket, but how efficient or cost-effective are these treatments? All of this comes down to the individual circumstances that the couple is facing.”
These are important questions that patients face when deciding which of the various treatment options to pursue. For example, CHR’s 2012 research publication pointed out that the so-called “mini IVF” cycles can end up being more expensive than a standard IVF cycle, when their costs are compared on a per-baby basis.