Keeping Costs Down?

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Clear Water's picture
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Keeping Costs Down?

So Carrie and I were discussing the costs of IVF for the millionth time and apparently the monetary responsibility has FINALLY hit her. The down side to that is she's a little freaked out now that we could end up putting out a boatload of money with or without a baby to show for it. Do any of you have some suggestions for keeping costs down?

TIA!

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I completely understand your feelings. We did 3 IVF cycles and 3 IUIs and have no baby to show for it. I just kind of had to put that thought aside. Now looking back I think of all the things we could've bought and "had" with what we put into IF treatment. But at the time it didn't matter and we now know we did all we could to try to have a baby. Depending on your clinic, they may have meds that have been donated by other people. That was never an option for me. Meds is probably the most expensive part of IVF. I know I pharmacy shopped and found the cheapest meds. I got mine through an online place...I think it's walgreens.com now. It was significantly cheaper than the hospital pharmacy where I worked and got a discount. I'm thinking at least $1000 cheaper. IF treatments was the biggest gamble of my life and probably will be since I'm not a gamber at all.

Clear Water's picture
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That's good to hear, I know Walgreens has a generic prescription program that makes it significantly less so we'll look at that

mom2robbie's picture
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meds are definitely expensive. We were lucky as our health plans covered 100% of fertility drugs. We only tried 1 cycle of IUI (which the IUI did not happen) as I became allergic to the meds, but that one cycle would have cost $1500 in meds. As I am in Canada we did not have to pay for anything else, if the IUI had occurred that would have been $250 and our only out of pocket cost.

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IF is extremely expensive, i was all out of pocket, as insurance did not cover a penny. As for the treatment, we barrow money, saved as much as we could and took a loan(which i'm finally paying off this month!!!) We signed up for a program that we payed more upfront but had 3 tries at IVF, 3 tries at FET and garuntee take home baby or our money was returned. We actually saved money since the 1st IVF didn't work, so it was cheaper for us that we ended up doing that, but i would obviously had been happier had it worked the 1st time.....or may not, since then my sweet DD wouldn't be here. As for meds, i go through walgreens when i have to - but ask your clinic if they have left over meds or samples....that saved me the most money, but still spend at least $1000....or more. The meds also sometimes have a program you can sign up for , for even more savings. I've been lucky that we've gotten a DD from one cycle and one on the way for our efforts and money spent...... and i certainly have put things off so we could do that, and it was worth it....cuz like Meg at least we knew we tried everything possible to have a baby....

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Some of the meds you'll be taking do not have generics. What is now Walgreens Speciality Pharmacy is what I used with 2 of my cycles. They were so helpful and everything worked smoothly with them. They can give you a quote beforehand so you can compare prices with other pharmacies. I know my first RE's clinic tried to get me to go to a local mom and pop pharmacy because it'd be "so much cheaper." That was a crock. I think they got a kick back from them or something. The pharmacist at that pharmacy now has his license suspended for being short over 740,000 narcotic pain pills.

Here is the link to the Walgreens pharmacy. Do your research and get the best price possible.
Fertility Services | Specialty Pharmacy | Pharmacy & Health | Walgreens

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"meggyrn" wrote:

They can give you a quote beforehand so you can compare prices with other pharmacies.

I was spoiled, our clinic gave us a list of all the local pharmacies and prices. There were 2 pharmacies that promised to have all the meds in stock and the one would spend up to an hour teaching you how to give the needles and how to get the most out of the pens. They also had online videos for refreshers.

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Different clinics also have different costs. Cycles were $8k cheaper in Dallas than they are in Minnesota. For us we needed to do it because otherwise we would have always wondered "what if."

Tiffany

Joined: 04/21/08
Posts: 1063

Different clinics also have different costs. Cycles were $8k cheaper in Dallas than they are in Minnesota. For us we needed to do it because otherwise we would have always wondered "what if."

Tiffany