Calgary lower-cost IVF clinic gives patients choice

Couples seeking in vitro fertilization [IVF] now have a low-cost alternative with Effortless IVF’s facility in Calgary, which opened Valentine’s Day. http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/new-calgary-clinic-offers-less-expensive-options-for-infertile-couples-who-want-children The Edmonton Journal also published the article.

The Calgary Herald reports Effortless IVF’s fees are “$6,500 all-in” compared with traditional IVF in Canada that averages $13,000 – $14,000. The clinic has 160 patients on its waiting list, and aims to serve about 1,000 patients a year.

Company President Dr. Lyle Oberg says the goal is to open nine or 10 clinics across the country. Dr. Oberg, a physician, is a former Alberta cabinet minister and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Canadians for Sustainable Medicare.

Canadian patients seeking IVF not only have choice, but at a much lower cost than Americans. In a May 15, 2017, article [“IVF Clinic Donates 30 Cycles”], the Journal reported that “30 lucky couples have won a single IVF treatment for free from a well-known New York reproductive medicine specialist.”

The contest is open “to women 43 years and younger, who otherwise couldn’t afford it.” It is valued at $1 million. So, do the math. $1 million ➗ 30 = $33,333.

 

 

 

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