Consumer Protections Have Failed To Keep Up With IVF Technology, Leaving Patients Vulnerable
The emotion-ridden process is extremely expensive, but there's little way for consumers to tell the reputable clinics from the ones that aren't, which can create a devastating experience for the couples.
When Pregnancy Dreams Become IVF Nightmares
A round of in vitro fertilization can cost upward of $20,000. Unsuccessful patients often are motivated to try again. And again. And perhaps again. Yet even as IVF has made technological advancements, an outdated measurement system and weak consumer protections continue to obscure the differences between the best doctors in the business and those who run troubled clinics. (Yeung and Jones, 6/1)
3 Ways To Address The Problems With IVF
The CDC could, however, explore ways of increasing access to aggregated and clinic-level data without jeopardizing patient privacy. This could allow the public to look at a specific clinic to see if it is regularly linked to complications or problems. ... However, the CDC currently withholds this type of detailed data from the public. (Yeung and Jones, 6/1)