Surrogacy, the procedure of delivery for couples who are unable to conceive for various reasons, is an expensive procedure involving various costs. Especially in countries where medical costs are high, it takes a fortune to conceive through the process of surrogacy. For example, United States is one of the most expensive countries in the world for surrogacy. Usually, surrogacy costs involve the payment to surrogate mother for carrying the baby, in case of compensatory surrogacy. Apart from that, it consists of medical reimbursements like IVF cost, surgery cost, medicine cost, monitoring cost and pregnancy cost. Before we can cover IVF surrogacy cost in Kazakhstan, let us understand what IVF is.
In terms of genetics, surrogacy is of two types – traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s egg is used to create the embryo of the child she is going to carry (either through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).) In gestational surrogacy, the intended parents create an embryo using their own egg and sperm or using donated egg or sperm, which is usually done through In Vitro Fertilization. Gestational surrogacy is the preferred way of conceiving as it allows both intended parents to be biologically related to their child. Nevertheless, it also overcomes some of the legal and emotional conflicts that come with a surrogate being genetically related to the child she delivers.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro (in glass). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory. After the fertilized egg (zygote) undergoes embryo culture for 2-6 days, it is implanted in the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
Notably, some countries have banned or highly regulated the availability of IVF treatment. Moreover, it turns out to be very expensive in some countries, which is why people engage in fertility tourism. It means traveling to other countries where the laws and costs of IVF make it affordable and possible for intended parents with fertility issues to have a child of their own.
In the United States, the average cost of one IVF cycle costs around $12000. Then the cost of medications can range from as low as $1500 to as high as $3000 per cycle. One study conducted at a fertility clinic asked couples to track all their out-of-pocket expenses over a period of 18 months. It included the cost of IVF, as well as the medications and monitoring. The average couple spent $19,234. For every additional cycle, the average cost worked out to be an additional $6,955. So, the study concluded that if a couple went through three cycles, it added up to a little over $33,000 in overall expenses. While insurance may cover part of your expenses, it won’t cover the entire amount you spend on the IVF surrogacy. For example, they might cover monitoring and a part of medications. While some countries (such as France, Spain, and Israel) provide full coverage of IVF treatments according to policy, others either partially cover expenses (e.g., Portugal, Sweden and Turkey), or do not cover it at all (e.g., India, the People’s Republic of China). Meanwhile, if coverage for IVF is absent or incomplete, as is the case throughout the USA, it may lead to cases where IVF treatments are unaffordable to couples who need it most.
This is the major reason couples, especially American, are increasingly turning to fertility tourism to look for more affordable options elsewhere. One of the hot destinations of fertility tourism is Kazakhstan. People visit Kazakhstan for multiple reasons such as:
- Favorable laws
- Willingness of surrogate mothers
- And most importantly, cost
Let’s take a look at the average overall costs of IVF in Kazakhstan:
In current times, the average drug costs per cycle range from $1000-$1100. Health care expenditures per one IVF cycle come up to around $147. Health care pregnancy and delivery expenditures per one birth average out on $409. Average costs incurred to achieve one IVF birth come out to be $4157. So, the total IVF surrogacy cost in Kazakhstan can range from $4000 to $4700, depending on the reactants used.
President of the Kazakhstan Association of reproductive medicine, director of the EKO center, doctor of medical sciences, Professor Vyacheslav Lokshin said, “That is almost twice as it is in the Russian Federation and in Israel. And three times cheaper, than in America. The prices today are low in spite of the fact that imported reactants are used, the Kazakhstan clinics understand social responsibility – people won’t be able to allow more expensive procedure. The prices practically didn’t rise.”
“Thanks to implementation of all the latest technologies, infertility treatment efficiency in Kazakhstan is not different from general European numbers, which is as follows: delivery is 30% of cases and pregnancy in 40% of cases after each program. Treatment efficiency is growing after each program with increase of the number of attempts. 6.5 thousand Children were born by Kazakhstan’s couples who were doomed to infertility,” he added.
Medical tourism is on a rise in Kazakhstan. The practice is a national priority, as during his January 21 2014 State of the Nation address President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared, “Kazakhstan will become one of the leading Eurasian centers of medical tourism.” Momentum to promote Kazakhstan as a medical tourism site has been on a gradual incline over the past years; the largest tourism exhibition in Central Asia – KITF 2011, held on April 20-22, 2011 in Almaty, and featured a Medical Tourism section. For example, a liver transplant that costs $300,000 in America costs roughly $100,000 in Turkey, but in Kazakhstan – about $20,000.
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