It is our goal to provide patients with a more complete and personalized cost estimate for IVF treatment even before they have their initial consultation.
La Jolla, CA (PRWEB) May 17, 2011
The UCSD Fertility IVF Cost Calculator establishes a new standard in financial transparency to help patients determine the true cost of IVF fertility treatment.
“One of the most common complaints we hear from prospective patients is that they were unaware of the true cost of treatment up front,” said Katrina Wilson, Financial Coordinator at UCSD Fertility Center. “Many clinics quote rates on their website that do not include cost of medication, initial tests and other important factors that should be included in providing an accurate financial estimate.”
The large number of variables involved in an IVF cycle means that the cost of treatment can vary greatly from one case to the next. Traditionally, patients would need to schedule a consultation and meet with a financial coordinator in order to determine an estimated cost specific to their circumstances. The IVF Cost Calculator changes all of that.
Patients considering IVF fertility treatment begin creating their personalized cost estimate by entering their age and type of IVF cycle. Based on these two factors, patients are presented with options for medication, pre-cycle testing, and other treatment variables such as ICSI and PGD/PGS.
“It is our goal to provide patients with a more complete and personalized cost estimate for IVF treatment even before they have their initial consultation,” explained Dr. Garzo, the center's Founder and Medical Director. “We believe in transparency and setting expectations appropriately right from the beginning.”
“Patients can print out their individual results and take it to consultations at other clinics,” said Katrina Wilson. “With this detailed information, patients can ask important questions like, 'Does this price include my medication and pre-cycle costs?' If not, they will know they are not receiving an accurate estimate.”
“Our approach to treatment is different,” said Dr. Garzo. “We believe that educating patients through open and honest communication is one of the most important elements of successful fertility treatment. The IVF Cost Calculator is another unique tool that allows us to do that.”
The IVF Cost Calculator does not require registration and can be accessed by visiting http://ucsandiegofertility.com/calc/ anytime day or night.
About Reproductive Partners - University of California, San Diego Regional Fertility Center: Reproductive Partners - University of California, San Diego Regional Fertility Center, is a center of excellence in In-Vitro Fertilization and in helping couples achieve their dreams of having a baby. Reproductive Partners is nationally recognized for their extremely high IVF success rates, and pioneering work in helping infertile couples. You can visit them on the web at: http://ucsandiegofertility.com.