Israel, THE leader in medical tourism

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What happens when a country places a high priority on family?  You get Israel leading the way in medical tourism for IVF treatment.

Israel has become the medical tourism destination for couples worldwide looking to find their fertility solution because of the country’s strong commitment to family, coupled with medical innovations and investments in the most advanced ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) services, and most importantly, low costs.

Israel is now leading the world in fertility success rates beyond the global average, along with the most fertility units per capita; proving that the country’s medical establishment is a partner in the actualization of births and does the utmost in order to make couple’s dreams of having children, a reality.

Becoming the leading travel destination in IVF takes time. Israel began investing in IVF programs around 1995.  And by 2002, according to a Human Reproduction Update, 1,657 IVF procedures per million people were performed in Israel. In 2010, 4% of Israeli children are born via IVF versus 1% in the U.S. In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the IVF success rate almost doubled. The number of IVF cycles almost doubled to 35,000 from 20,000 as reported in 2011.

And now, Israel is a country culturally predisposed, technically capable, and financially supported by the government in providing world best practice, state-of-the-art IVF treatment.

And even though non-residents are not subsidized by the government, the cost of treatment in Israel is so much less than comparable treatment in the U.S. And here is the clincher – there is no comparable treatment in the U.S., or any other country for that matter. Israel is the undisputed world leader in IVF treatment.

There are many reasons Israel has become the lead medical tourism destination and it starts with the culture being very sympathetic to those seeking a child but unable to conceive, along with the beautiful scenery and beaches, most Israelis speak at least basic English and all medical practitioners are fluent in the language. This makes Israel a very user friendly destination for those seeking IVF treatment.

The two central medical hubs are of course Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Each city has a medical tourism broker system that acts as a facilitator by connecting IPs with the right clinic.  The top two clinics are Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem and Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv.  But there are so many clinics there’s surely one to meet the needs of every IP traveling to Israel.

The IVF unit at Assuta Hospital is the largest in the country. IVF centers at Chaim Sheba, Hadassah and Rabin are also renown for their excellent specialists, high number of treatments and high success rates. Prices for fertility services can total a fraction of those found in North America. At one clinic in Israel, for example, the price of a standard IVF cycle is about $4,000, excluding medication, whereas couples expect to pay $13,000 to $25,000 or more in the US.

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