Barbados targets American women for fertility treatment


A recent survey of American women aged 25 to 45, by Barbados Fertility Centre found that most women who would consider In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) would also consider travelling outside of the United States for the procedure.

74% of these women would be willing to travel if there was a significantly lower cost and higher pregnancy success rate. Among these women, better pregnancy success rates are a more compelling factor than lower cost (72% vs. 64%). However, having the procedure covered by insurance is also a motivating factor as 81% of those who would consider IVF at home say they would be likely to seek treatment abroad if this were the case.

Dr. Juliet Skinner of Barbados Fertility Centre, in Barbados says, “Dealing with infertility is an anxiety-ridden and costly experience for many American women and couples. I have seen significant increases in the number of American patients and inquiries over the past few years as IVF costs rise in the US. Our study shows American patients are willing to look beyond local medical providers when they find a cost-effective alternative that provides exceptional care. Over the past eight years, many of our American patients who previously had multiple unsuccessful cycles at home have had positive outcomes at our clinic.”

Depending on maternal age, the IVF success rate at Barbados Fertility Centre is 54%, compared with the US national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of 42%. Using blastocyst, Barbados Fertility Centre is achieving a 71% success rate for women under 38. The high success rate is attributed to both rigorous clinical and laboratory standards, as well as the level of relaxation patients experience while visiting Barbados. The centre is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the US health international accreditation body that ensures operating and safety procedures are comparable or exceed US standards.

The high cost of IVF treatment in the US, particularly in California and New York where costs are the highest, can compound the stress of the procedure. The average cost of IVF in the US is $14,000 for one treatment cycle alone. In contrast, Americans travelling to Barbados pay an average of $5750, which is less than half the cost of receiving treatment at home. Even with the travel and medication costs factored in, the entire cost of the procedure is still significantly lower due to the rising costs of healthcare services in the US.

Other survey findings regarding medical tourism include that 42% would consider any medical treatment outside of the US. The most common reasons for not considering foreign elective treatment are perceptions that savings are not worth the risk (42%) and standards are just not as high (21%).

Since 2002, Barbados Fertility Centre has been helping infertile couples from around the world achieve their dream of having a child. The centre offers an attractive, affordable alternative for fertility treatment that has proven to be effective.

1936 adult American women aged 25-45 years were surveyed by Ipsos Public Affairs between June 7th and 14th, 2010. Interviewing was conducted via an online survey utilizing the Ipsos iSay pre-recruited panel in the US. A representative sampling matrix according to age, region and household income was utilized to ensure a representative sample of the target audience was achieved. An oversample in New York and California was used to ensure a more robust base size for sub-group analysis. Weighting was then employed as needed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the target population.



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