Many infertile patients get major heartburn when they realize that they aren't able to afford test tube baby treatments because they are so expensive. They can't understand why IVF doctors charge so much, and lots of patients end up thinking of IVF clinics as being greedy.


Patients need to understand that part of test tube baby treatment is clinical – and this is what the patient sees. This includes: consultations, blood tests, ultrasound scans, egg collection, and embryo transfer.


However, the heart of the IVF treatment is the IVF laboratory, and the patient doesn’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes in the IVF laboratory . This is extremely expensive , because the consumables ( test tubes and petri dishes) , and the culture medium are all imported ( which makes them expensive); and disposable, which means we can’t reuse them.


One way of reducing these costs is to get government hospitals to offer IVF treatment , because it's hard for private doctors to be able to do it inexpensively.


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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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