According to the most recent, available 2006 survey conducted by ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), the average cost of a comprehensive IVF Cycle in the US was $12,400. Medications typically averaged another $2,500 - $5,000, depending on several variables such as how much medication is required to generate the desired response to the drug and how the pharmacy packaged the medications. At the time of this survey, the approximate cost of a typical IVF Cycle was $16,150.
Since the survey, medical costs have escalated considerably, making the cost of infertility treatment even more expensive. Multiple factors are driving these increases: first, the cost of infertility drugs alone has increased more than 40% in just the last four years (source: MediSpan), increasing medication costs to as much as $7,000 per average cycle. Second, advances in the treatment of infertility have seen many breakthroughs, and new (and costly) technologies have been introduced (e.g., Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD, PGS) and Gender Selection/Microsort) so that treatment options have expanded, along with the treatment price tag. In fact, depending on the additional procedures utilized, the price increases in fertility-specific medications and specific geographic location, the current average cost of treatment is approximately $18,500, but can even exceed $30,000 for a single IVF Cycle.
WINFERTILITY'S SIMPLER, DISCOUNTED PRICING
Because fertility treatment is complex, there can be over 40 different tasks, procedures and tests that can be involved in treating infertility including a variety of office visits, tests, surgical procedures, several classifications of IVF cycles that may include ICSI, Assisted Hatching, Blastocyst Cultures and assorted others. Each fertility practice determines their own set of unique protocols and prices, making ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons very difficult. Patients who are trying to choose their course of treatment and predict treatment costs usually find it is a daunting experience. To simplify the process for our patients and lessen the confusion about treatments, medications and IVF costs, the WINFertility Program uses an innovative approach and ‘bundles’ evidence-based treatment protocols and appropriate medication dosages into a single, discounted Treatment Bundle.
Bundled pricing enables us to directly contract with drug manufacturers, pharmacies and fertility specialists and pass along these volume discounts to our patients at costs that are less than 40% off unbundled fee-for-service and retail pharmacy rates. Patients receive only the most appropriate medical treatments and infertility medications to help them achieve the most direct route to having a baby, while minimizing the fertility cost.