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Infertility Podcast Series: Journey to the Crib: Chapter 34: Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn

By David Kreiner MD

December 5th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

 

Welcome to the Journey to the Crib Podcast.  We will have a blog discussion each week with each chapter.  This podcast covers the final chapter, Chapter Thirty-Four: Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn. You, the listener, are invited to ask questions and make comments.  You can access the podcast here: http://podcast.longislandivf.com/?p=149

Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn


Financial hardships have increased fertility challenges for many couples attempting to build their families.  In regions where patients do not have insurance coverage for their IVF procedures it is unlikely that they proceed with the treatment that is necessary for them to be able to complete their families.

In places that do provide coverage for IVF, such as Massachusetts, 5% of all babies born are as a result of IVF.  Elsewhere in the U.S., IVF accounts for only 1% of births suggesting that the financial cost of IVF denies access for approximately 80% of couples in need.

The problem of the cost of IVF is compounded by the fact that patients are driven to transfer multiple embryos to limit the cost and avoid additional fees from cryopreservation, embryo storage and frozen embryo transfers.  These multiple transfers increase the risks of multiple pregnancy and preterm delivery with subsequent complications to the babies from preterm birth.

We, at Long Island IVF, attempt to make IVF more accessible and safer by offering income based grants, free cryopreservation, storage and discounted frozen embryo transfers to patients electively transferring single embryos.  We have also offered free IVF cycles through best video/essay contests to a few needy patients over the past few years.

It is our sincere wish and hope that a bill that is presently in front of Congress offering a tax credit to patients going through IVF is passed thereby making IVF that much more affordable to our patients in need.

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Was this helpful in answering your questions about fertility treatment during this economic downturn? Are you aware of the pending proposed Family Act, which would offer a tax credit to infertile women wishing to undergo infertility treatment (similar to the current adoption credit for those wanting to pursue adoption)? Have you urged your legislators to support this important legislation?

Please share your thoughts about this podcast here. And ask any questions and Dr. Kreiner will answer them.

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Can I Get an IVF Cycle for Christmas, Santa?

By Tracey Minella

December 12th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Wasn’t it just yesterday that you had a Bicycle on your Christmas or Hannukah wish list?

There’s probably nothing more challenging to your holiday spirit than undergoing infertility treatment. Except of course, when you can’t afford to undergo the treatment.

Here’s 3 tips to get you closer to that IVF cycle under the tree:

1.    Check with your fertility clinic as to available grant programs or discounted payment packages for IVF.

Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility (newly merged incase you missed the big news!), offer many different payment options, bundle plans, grant programs and refund programs to help their patients with the financial end of their fertility journey. Like a guidance counselor helps a student, the staff is trained to guide you through the maze of available options when planning to finance your family-building plan. You may have more options than you realize. Check it out.

2.     Enter contests by reputable fertility clinics to win a free or discounted IVF cycle.

As you may expect, these opportunities are hard to come by, but they are out there.  Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility run several contests, like the weekly Nearly Wordless Wednesday photo caption contest and others, with small prizes ranging from free Starbucks gift cards to larger items like romantic dinner certificates or theater tickets. But sometimes we get really, really generous with our prizes…like with last summer’s Extreme Family-Building Makeover” contest and its Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle! (The 2010 Micro-IVF contest winner has a little boy now!) So it pays to follow our blog and like us on facebook. You don’t want to miss any great contest announcements!

3.     Have a Fertility Fundraiser on the Internet.

If you are not keeping your infertility secret, this is an option that exists for those with the right mix of friends and families…or faith in the kindness of strangers. Of course, some people you approach may be aghast by the idea. But others are probably so thankful to have a chance to help you. Read about a couple who got pregnant after successfully raising over $8,000.00 for their treatment through IndieGoGo, an online fundraising site,* here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/patients-too-turn-to-the-internet-for-fund-raising/ 

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Have these suggestions been helpful? Do you have any suggestions to add? Have you tried or will you consider any of these tips?

 

*Disclaimer: Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility do not endorse this or any other fundraising site, and are providing this link for informational purposes only

 

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