Going for IVF overseas has become a popular choice over the past several years. A recent survey amongst British patients aimed to find out the reasons that made it so attractive. Cost was revealed as the number one factor for British patients who had their IVF treatment abroad. Strikingly, 4 out of 5 respondents noted that UK prices were twice as high as what they could afford.
Other key factors cited in tipping the scales towards IVF overseas were:
- Expediency – participants revealed that treatment time was significantly shorter abroad and that usually there was no waiting list involved. Excessive NHS bureaucracy was mentioned in this regard as one of the factors driving up waiting times domestically, even for patients who cannot afford to wait. The survey cites an extreme example of a woman who’d been told she’d have to wait for 5 years for her treatment.
- Success rates – while foreign clinics may calculate their success rates differently than UK-based ones, there is no denying that they have exceptional success rates.
- Anonymous donors – this factor was mentioned by just over 25% of responders (it should be noted that most survey participants were using their own eggs). Unfortunately, survey organisers did not try to find out the reasons behind this answer, so we can only speculate whether it was the anonymity aspect that prospective parents considered to be an advantage, or some other related issue (i.e. larger donor pool).
- Fewer restrictions – patients who would’ve not been eligible for treatment in the UK due to factors such as age or BMI were able to obtain the IVF treatment abroad.