Although you can receive IVF treatment on the NHS for free, more and more couples are paying for treatment at private clinics. This can be due a lack availability of NHS treatment in their local area or simply because they want a more comprehensive service. Currently, less than 30% of all IVF treatment in the UK is funded by the NHS.
The costs of private IVF care in the UK can vary dramatically from clinic to clinic, and from region to region. For example a relatively new clinic in Plymouth can cost half the price of a well established centre in London.
The lowest prices you'll find in the UK are approximately £3,000 to £4,000 for one cycle of IVF including medicines and consultations. At the top end of the market, you can expect to pay £8,000 and upwards for a single cycle. When you consider that many women require two or three cycles in order to get pregnant, it's plain to see what a huge financial undertaking private IVF treatment can be.
When choosing a fertility clinic, it's important to establish what each clinic's prices include. Many charge extra for medicines, blood tests or embryo storage which can cost an extra £800. Private IVF treatment is a major financial commitment, so you must understand exactly what you're signing up for.
There are also a number of less obvious costs that may be added to your final bill. These include the preparation of medical reports, consultation fees, and the cost of transporting your eggs, sperm or embryos, should they be sent to a different clinic or laboratory.
It's also worth noting that most quoted IVF prices won't include comprehensive counselling costs. You may be given one counselling session free of charge, but extra sessions will invariably cost you more money. Learn more about IVF counselling and its benefits.
If private fertility treatment in the UK is beyond your budget, you can choose to have infertility procedures abroad. In counties such as Brazil, India, Malaysia and Turkey, prices can be up to 40% less than those found in the UK. However, choosing to have any kind of medial treatment abroad can have a number of potential disadvantages. Take a look at more information on having infertility treatment abroad.
And finally, like most things in life, cost isn't always a guarantee of quality. The clinic charging the most for treatment may not necessarily provide the best levels of care. Do your homework, find out for yourself which clinic offers the highest success rates and the greatest levels of care and service.
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