Unnecessary Medical Procedures Can Be Avoided
- The decline in use of high-cost procedures like tubal surgery would likely offset the cost to include IVF as a benefit and provide improved health outcomes.(1)
- Patients often select treatment based on what is covered by their insurance plan rather than what is the most appropriate treatment.For example, many reproductive surgeries such as tubal surgery are more expensive than assisted reproductive treatment ($10,000 to $15,000 for tubal surgery, $8,000 to $13,000 for assisted reproductive treatment).(1)
- Research suggests that there is no added value with pursuing intra-uterine insemination using gonadotropins (hormone stimulating drugs)before using in-vitro fertilization.(2)
- William M. Mercer, Infertility as a Covered Benefit, 1997.
- Reindollar RH, Regan MM, Neumann PJ, Levine BS, Thornton KL, Alper MM, Goldman MB. A randomized clinical trial to evaluate optimal treatment for unexplained infertility: the fast track and standard treatment (FASTT) trial. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.