Making sense of IVF cost information
If you need IVF in California, you may be shopping for the lowest IVF cost. Some fertility centers try to attract business with confusing package pricing or money-back guarantees. However, for many patients, these deals cost more in the long run. We do IVF pricing differently. We believe that you deserve transparency about the full cost of a customized IVF treatment plan.
After we verify your insurance benefits, we give you a detailed estimate so that you know exactly what to expect. We also explain whether your deductible will apply and which services will be covered in-network, out-of-network or not at all.
Many insurance plans cover the diagnosis of infertility, including necessary office visits and lab tests. However, not all insurance plans cover fertility treatments, such as medications, intrauterine insemination and IVF. We encourage you to check with your insurer to clarify your benefits before your first visit. We cannot guarantee coverage, as all claims are approved at the discretion of your insurer.
If you do not have insurance coverage for IVF, we are happy to offer a reasonable global fee for cash-pay patients, which includes most aspects of your IVF cycle, from ultrasounds and office visits to all necessary blood work, egg retrieval, IVF lab services and embryo transfer.
Your personalized estimate will not include medications, as the type and dosages required will vary.
IVF cost plans to avoid
We encourage all patients to carefully research IVF cost information. Keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Unlike other clinics, we don’t offer guarantees or lower-cost options. When it comes to other clinics’ advertised “low cost IVF plans” for IVF in California or elsewhere, we remind you of the old adage, “buyer beware.”
Below are some of the low cost IVF options you might see at other fertility centers and why we don’t offer them.
- Money-back guarantee plans: When other centers offer these plans, patients pay more for IVF and only receive a portion back if they don’t have a baby. If you are successful, you will pay up to 50% more than you would have if you had simply chosen an appropriate IVF protocol without a money-back guarantee.
- Financial package plans: If you pre-pay for a “reduced-price” three-cycle package at other fertility centers, you only save money if you get pregnant during the third cycle. If you succeed in the first or second cycle, you will have overpaid.
- “Low price” options: If the price for an IVF cycle is dramatically lower than $14,000, beware. You’ll probably receive a cookie-cutter protocol that’s not customized to maximize your results. You may also be surprised by hidden fees, medication costs and repeat cycles.
Custom protocols achieve greater success
The commitment we make to you is to maximize your investment in IVF by ensuring that you receive the most effective treatment, personalized for you.
For more IVF cost information, contact us to schedule a consultation to learn more about IVF in California. If you have specific questions about fees, please contact our Financial Department at (949) 642-5236.