Fertility Tourism Destinations

Asia | | August 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm


Fertility TourismThere has been a mass trend among baby hopefuls undertaking trips to visit fertility clinics in foreign countries often intended by those hunting for treatments to resolve infertility like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) amongst several other options that are comparatively pocket-friendly and the regulations are less rigorous.

Typically, IVF procedure costs mount up to 12,000 U.S. dollars (USD) for every ovulation cycle attempt with patients shelling out close to 75,000 USD prior to even getting pregnant. While in other countries each treatment cost comes to a meagre 2,500-5,000 USD.

Fertility tourism is quite a lucrative option as the couple can not only plan an extended unwinding holiday while alongside getting the treatment done in another country and yet comeback with money saved by doing it elsewhere.

Many of those who visit foreign countries for such reasons are unable to seek the treatment in their home country. In England, a rule enforced by the National Health Service prohibits women over 40 to undergo such treatments hence many of them visit other European countries. India is being chosen for it as most Indian doctors are conversant in English, highly skilled and the procedures are comparatively cheap. A well known fact is that keen surrogates, egg and sperm donors are aplenty in India and getting an Indian origin surrogate would cost a U.S. based or English couple between 25-33% of the amount they would shell out in their home countries.

Israel has been voted as amongst the top ten hit medical tourism sites boasting of the best male infertility treatments globally, costing just 3,250 USD for unparalleled top-notch treatment with high success rate. One can even avail a host of therapeutic alternatives like remedial spas found in the Dead Sea region reputed for curing skin ailments. A whopping fifty million Americans do not have health insurance. So, it is economical for them to fly down to Israel along with their kin and get treated here rather than doing it in the U.S. Also, Israel offers a plethora of options like pristine sandy beaches, holy sites, happening nightlife and Mediterranean climatic condition.

Mexico has also been highly vouched for top-class fertility treatments for couples with financial and insurance hassles, with patients pouring in mainly from the U.S and Canada. With plummeting costs in global travel, Russia the largest country worldwide, is soaring in popularity as a stopover for both infertility cure and IVF procedures. Due to strategic placing, it shares land borders with many countries. Also, costing is quite competitive for most facilities inclusive of infertility treatments.

Singapore, Thailand, China and Malaysia are also highly favoured by medical tourists. Low-priced flights, plenteous donors, short waiting lists, high levels of treatments and promised anonymity has drawn several British couples to Spain for infertility treatments. British fertility tourists are known to travel to Belgium, while close to 250 Swedish patients who are sperm receivers visit Denmark yearly for artificial insemination. Sweden has an ever-growing waiting list for donor sperms and Denmark seems the ideal option as it permits single status women to undergo insemination.

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  1. Ron says:

    It’s informative article, however the issue that comes into my mind first as I read article is, isn’t the most updated technology should be the primary criterion, is it available ?

  2. Winnie says:

    Won’t you call it outsourcing?
    Isn’t it harming our medical system? Good for people without insurance…..
    What would you say?

  3. Julie says:

    I guess, practically, Ricky’s ideas & views sound really insightful & helpful to somebody like me, who wants to come to certain conclusion. It’s helpful in order to prioritize………
    Good work. It would certainly help a lot of people.

  4. Louie says:

    What could be the way we would be able to take all the precautions to ensure……. I guess, all falls in place? Quite a risk, anyway?
    I guess that’s he only detail you have missed, apart from that, a really informative & nice article.

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