At the Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we have years of experience helping couples and women have babies. Patients often travel from outside of Tucson to be treated by us, and it’s not just our long history of success that brings them here. While our primary goal is to help patients have a baby, we don’t want to put a financial strain on them in doing so. In fact, we strongly believe patients shouldn’t have to pay through the roof to start their family. Here are a few of the ways we help mitigate the costs and help you plan ahead so the fertility treatments you need can be more affordable.
We Explain Costs, Treatments, and Insurance Upfront & Take Everything One Step at a Time
When we first meet with a patient, we outline the expectations based on their age, how long they’ve been trying to get pregnant, and how long we expect it will take to get pregnant. During the first appointment, we’ll also go through the necessary tests and steps to determine why they’re not getting pregnant and the likely treatment options.
Typically, we start with the simplest and most affordable treatment options. Only when those are unsuccessful do we move on to other tests and procedures. As Dr. Gelety and our team will explain, many of these early evaluations are covered by insurance. And when insurance doesn’t cover a procedure or test, we have several packages and payment plans to make the costs of treatments less of a burden.
Not Every Couple Needs Expensive Treatments
When we follow this plan of simplest procedures to ones that are more complex, we find that many patients get pregnant quickly (sometimes even during the early part of the evaluation) and do not need more expensive treatments. Patients often come in thinking their only option is in vitro, and they’re going to have to spend thousands of dollars right off the bat. However, our goal is to identify the problem causing infertility and correct it, not push costly procedures if they are unnecessary.
Sometimes, patients become anxious every month they don’t get pregnant, but we try to encourage them by letting them know not everyone will get pregnant the first month and that there are still treatment options to consider. We try to help them understand that if they have a more challenging obstacle preventing their pregnancy, it may take a little longer, and we may have to use more intensive treatments to ultimately help them have a baby. But we are very judicious about moving on to the next set of treatments because we do know they can be more expensive, and we always want to keep our patients’ comfort levels in mind.
The idea is that it’s not one-size-fits-all; not everyone needs in vitro or a complicated and expensive treatment to get pregnant. There are many different causes of infertility; therefore, there are many different treatment options, and each one has its own chances of success. Not every part of the infertility treatment process needs to break the bank, and that’s something we remind our clients of as we go through this journey.
At AZCREI, We’re On Your Team
There are many different fertility clinics, and when you’re choosing one for your treatments, it’s important to consider the costs, success rate, and how much the doctors and staff really care. At AZCREI, we know that the medical aspects of infertility treatments can be stressful enough, so we try to do our part to manage everything we can do reduce the financial burden of the tests and procedures to make treatment costs more reasonable.
Our patients are very eager to start or grow their family, and we’re all on the same team and working toward the same goal. Our job is to help them achieve a pregnancy and have a healthy baby, not be burdened with financial stress. For more information on what starting a family may cost you, visit the Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility online or call us at 520-326-0001.