So what is Fertility Tourism or Fertility Treatments Abroad?
The term medical tourism has been around for a long time and filters in our news every day.
Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care.
When I first learned about medical tourism it was used when talking about heart surgery, hip or knee replacements or cosmetic surgery. However, in the past 5 years infertility treatments have been placed under the medical tourism umbrella and frankly some countries are excelling in the treatment of infertility.
Is it really tourism or a vacation when embarking to another country or continent while you are taking boatloads of hormones, daily injections, undergoing medical procedures and then bed rest for a few days only to fly 12-14 hours home? When we think about medical tourism we think about elective stuff that we want to have done. We know if we are afflicted with a bad gallbladder or hot appendix we aren’t going to travel all the way to Spain to have it treated and removed. We are going to do it within a 25 mile radius of where we live.
Now granted no one will tell you they feel like infertility is elective. We didn’t ask for it. It happens to the best of us. And trust me when I say that fertility treatments are the last resort when the baby making is happening the old fashioned way.
The hope is when you travel all the way across the world to perhaps a country in the hopes to come home with a baby.
So why are people flocking to countries outside the USA for fertility treatment?
Pure and simple it’s about the money. That’s the number one draw. Let’s face it are you really going online casino to travel globally to a foreign country to attempt to conceive a child if you can do it in the city you live if the cost was the same?
Of course not.
On average the consumer (patient) saves between 10-15k. That alone can buy a whole lotta diapers.
But really how much cheaper depends on where you live. If you live in the United States it will depend on where you go in the world and how you choose to travel for IVF treatment. That means research IVF abroad in less expensive countries is a smart choice, as you will almost certainly be able to make the treatment much more affordable!
Let’s take a look at costs – If you choose to undergo IVF Treatment in the US, you can expect to pay roughly $14-18k. The same fertility treatment would cost you around $3,250 if you were to get it performed abroad in India. If you decided to travel to Costa Rica for your IVF Treatment, the cost there is 2-3k. If you decided to take a short jump across the pond to the UK or even Canada you are still going to save between 4-6k per cycle. And if you need to undergo egg donation in the US egg donation cycles begin at around 20k and top out around 40k – the Czech Republic and the Ukraine to get similar treatment their costs are between 5-6k – again, that’s a whole lotta diapers! IVF, Egg Donation and Surrogacy in Romania could save you more than 90% of the US price!