Everlasting Hope’s mission is to create public awareness that infertility is a treatable medical condition and provide financial support to qualifying uninsured patients living in North Dakota and South Dakota. It is our wish to support families experiencing infertility through resources, education, events, and support.
1 in 8 individuals or couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. The American Medical Association, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization recognize infertility as a disease, which means it should be covered by health insurance like other diseases. However, cost is the number one barrier to infertility medical treatment as insurance law does not cover infertility treatment.
- A national infertility organization, Resolve, completed a community survey that found 39% of participants used credit cards to pay for their fertility procedures, while 12.6% took out loans and 4% used their home as equity. They also found that women (25-34 years old) accrued $30,000 of debt on average after undergoing infertility treatment.
- The Center for Disease (CDC) reported that only one in three women who seek infertility services require treatment beyond basic medical advice. Of those patients seeking infertility services, only 7% utilize intrauterine insemination (IUI) and 3% utilize in vitro fertilization (IVF). A low percentage of patients diagnosed with infertility actually require more intensive intervention or IVF.
- When one does need to seek IVF care it can cost between $15,000 and $25,000 and, on average, it can take 2 to 3 cycles to achieve pregnancy. Additionally, infertility patients will encounter highly inflated managed care pharmacy prices for medications, where patients with coverage can pay as much as 100% more for medications compared to prices charged to self-pay patients.
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