Euro Downturn Benefits Fertility Tourism

The financial crisis within the Euro region and beyond means that going abroad for IVF treatment just got cheaper. With the price for IVF treatment in the UK often quoted as between £5000-£8000, many people opt for treatment abroad with popular destinations Spain and the Czech Republic topping the list from the UK and Ireland. Although the Czech Republic is out with the Euro zone, the Czech Koruna is feeling the economic downturn and the pound is up 14.3 per cent since May Рmeaning travellers to Prague for IVF treatment can save on the cost of treatment and accommodation as long as they pay in the local currency or Euros. Prices in countries like Spain and the Czech Republic can be up to 50% cheaper than the UK. What to do at sentosa singapore 

Egg and sperm donation in many European countries is still anonymous and therefore there is no shortage of people coming forward to donate either altruistically or for financial reasons. The plentiful supply of willing donors and the lure of inexpensive but professional treatment mean more people are seriously thinking of travelling abroad for treatment.

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) commissioned a study in 2010 of 46 clinics in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovenia and Spain and estimated that 25,000 cross-border treatment cycles may be carried out in Europe each year. It is unknown exactly how many people travel from the UK, but with patients missing out on treatment due to the so-called NHS lottery then we can assume the number will only increase.

Quality of care and standards are big concerns for some people as is the recruitment of donors. However, as long as you do your research thoroughly and find out as much as possible then most people find a clinic which suits them.

Many people find that a treatment package is best for them so that they understand total IVF costs and can budget accordingly. These attractive headline prices advertised by some foreign clinics do need a word of caution. Sometimes, treatment packages do not contain everything you would expect or need. For example, sometimes freezing of embryos may be included in the package price and sometimes not. Again good research before will prevent any unwelcome shocks to your budget.

 

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