Medical Tourism is a growing sector in the UK, with many couples from the US and Canada choosing the UK for more affordable IVF Fertility Treatment plus a great holiday!
This will probably be news to any English people reading, but although the UK is one the countries where the people are most likely to go abroad to save on the costs of elective medical treatment such as IVF (in Vitro Fertilization), the UK is far from being the most expensive country for IVF treatment. Many US residents and Canadians visit the UK each year for IVF abroad, and manage to save quite large amounts of money on fertility treatment.
The UK is generally around 35% cheaper than the US for IVF treatment, and while it is certainly possible to find a country cheaper than the UK, the familiarity of the country does sway many Americans into using a UK clinic.
To give an idea of the savings possible to make on IVF treatment in the UK, an average cost in the US is around $16,000, while in Canada, the same treatment would be about $12,000. In the UK, a typical price for IVF is $10,500.
When you consider that the IVF process is likely to take at least a couple of attempts, the savings really start to add up. And if the IVF treatment is to include egg donation or surrogacy, then the savings get quite big.
Another reason for many of the people who coming to the UK for IVF treatment is that Britain is a little more liberal regarding Preimplantation Genetic Screening or PGS. While many countries ban PGS due to fears about eugenics, this practice is legal in the UK, albeit under very careful regulation by the HFEA.
Nobody needs us to describe the UK, as it is one of those countries that feels for many of us as though we already know it! We can imagine the UK, and London in particular without ever having gone there; we have seen all the famous landmarks and heritage sites in countless films. But London is certainly one of those cities you must visit at some point in your life, if you haven’t already. And it will come as no surprise that many of the UK’s best fertility clinics are in or close to London, so a very enjoyable holiday can be combined with your IVF treatment.
The relationship between the UK and the US and Canada is well-established, and many have family and friends in the UK, which can make the IVF process feel a little more manageable.
As always, if you are organising IVF in the UK by yourself, you should make sure that you have done a reasonable amount of research. Otherwise, the best way to organise your IVF Treatment is through an agent or referral service, as they will have vetted the Fertility Clinics for you.
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