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Managing the cost of fertility treatments

Posted April 7, 2017 12:46 p.m. EDT

In your search for a fertility practice to provide your treatments, naturally, your most important concerns are the skills, credentials, experience of the doctors and the reputation of the practice; but in many cases, cost may also be a factor.

This story was written for our sponsor, Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists.

Managing the cost of fertility treatments can be a challenge, and a bit of a numbers game when you have no way of knowing how many treatments it will take to conceive.

In your search for a fertility practice to provide your treatments, naturally, your most important concerns are the skills, credentials, experience of the doctors and the reputation of the practice; but in many cases, cost may also be a factor.

Patients seeking assisted reproductive technologies (ART) may have to pay out of pocket as many of these treatments are not covered by insurance. This makes it doubly important to choose your physician carefully, weighing all the factors, including cost.

Results-Oriented Financial Platform for Fertility Treatments

While some insurance plans are modest, at best, improving their coverage of fertility treatments, reproductive medicine practices are coming up with innovative ways to help cover the costs and reduce the risk for prospective parents.

For example, some fertility clinics partner with financial assistance platforms, such as Univfy, that offer results-oriented reimbursement of costs. The goal is to make in vitro fertilization (IVF) more affordable for fertility patients.

"Univfy is a global leader in fertility analytics. It draws on a huge database and predictive models to help women better understand their own fertility and better predict their chances of conceiving"” said Dr. David Walmer, of Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists.

Univfy analyzes a number of factors that impact the potential for success and does not limit refund eligibility based on blood tests or artificial age criteria.

Features of this creative IVF refund program include:

  • A package of three IVF treatments with the option to use all the patient's frozen embryos if needed for the best chance of conceiving a child with the woman’s own eggs;
  • The package price is less than the cost of three separate IVF treatments;
  • If three IVF treatments do not result in a viable pregnancy at 12 weeks gestation, the clinic will refund 50 to 100 percent of the cost.

Because the Univfy PreIVF report provides accurate, personalized predictions for each individual patients success, Walmer pointed out the practice is able to offer an IVF refund program to up to 50 percent of its patients.

"We are proud to offer an IVF refund program that saves our patients both time and money, and also improves their chances of a successful fertility journey and ultimately having the child they want," said Dr Susannah Copland, who partners with Walmer at Atlantic Reproductive.

Your first consideration in choosing a fertility clinic is the quality of care the physicians and practice can provide. However, in real life, cost can be a prohibitive factor when you need medical help to start building a family. Fortunately, innovative new pricing plans are available to make IVF and fertility treatments more affordable for many patients.

This story was written for our sponsor, Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists.