Details about IVF costs
IVF costs can be divided into two categories. The first is associated with medication and the second with medical assistance and the assisted reproductive techniques used. The cost of medication should be seriously considered since it can become relatively high, in some cases. Parameters that should be taken into account are:
→Female hormone profile
→Ovarian stimulation protocol (e.g. long, short, natural cycle, frozen embryo transfer).
Regarding medical assistance and assisted reproductive techniques used, some of the parameters that should be taken into account are:
- Assisted Hatching
- Blastocyst embryo transfer
- Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis
- In vitro Maturation (IVM), etc
At this point, we should state that IVF costs (.pdf file) may differ between countries even more, according to their National Insurance and Health Systems. In some countries, as for example in the U.S.A. IVF treatment could be covered by private health insurance, whereas in other countries such as Israel it is covered by social health insurance.
Respectively, in Greece IVF treatment (including medication) can be covered, almost completely, by social health insurance provided that it is offered in public hospitals. On the contrary, in other countries such as Albania, the cost burdens the infertile couple exclusively.