While medical staff expertise and clinic success rates, reputation and location will most likely be the criteria you use to choose an infertility clinic, cost may also be a factor. Since assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are not covered by most medical aid schemes, the patient has to pay “out-of-pocket,” often leading to increased stress as well as long-term financial burdens.
Trying to find the costs associated with infertility treatment can be frustrating. Speak to the accounting department of the clinic once you have a protocol and ask for the costs of all the procedures and drugs required. You may be able to find cheaper drugs from different pharmacies as opposed to straight from the clinics.
Some questions that will help you obtain the full cost:
- Are medications, tests, lab work and consultations included in the cost of treatment?
- Does the clinic provide financial counselling and psychological counselling? If so, are there fees for these services?
- Since most patients do not have insurance coverage for infertility treatment, knowing the costs up front makes good financial sense.
Not all clinics charge the same for the same procedures and protocols. If financing is an important consideration consider obtaining costs from different clinics. Travelling to another province is also an option and could be financially beneficial.