The Rise of Cheap(er) Fertility Clinics

Are discount clinics a good idea?
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2010 3:25 PM CDT
The Rise of Cheap(er) Fertility Clinics
Even at a discount, IVF isn't cheap.   (Shutterstock)

Fertility treatment doesn't come cheap—IVF typically costs $15,000. But a new wave of clinics hope to ease the expense, reports Newsweek. In St. Louis, for instance, a new facility offers a range of treatments for about $7,500. The goal is equal access, say supporters. "A woman’s right to have a chance to try to have a child should be available to all,” one doc says.

But the lower-cost model is not without critics. Christian groups worry about the handling of embryos, docs fret about being undersold. And then there's the question of safety: “This isn’t Wal-Mart. Embryos aren’t like toothpaste,” says one fertility doctor. “You can’t do a recall on embryos.” Click here for more on IVF. (Did you hear about the British egg raffle? Click here to read more).

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