Cost Estimator© Goes Live
Check out a unique web-based service for potential and current fertility patients. The MFS Cost Estimator© provides a transparent breakdown all chargeable elements of 27 example treatment cycles, so patients can be quite clear about the total cost for a type of treatment.
“MFS is aware that budgeting for fertility treatment can be confusing, as not all clinics communicate clearly all the chargeable elements of a cycle before a patient commits to treatment,” said Jill Anthony-Ackery, MFS communications manager. “While MFS has always published a comprehensive list of charges, the Cost Estimator© shows clearly how example cycles are calculated, including any indication of the cost of any drugs.
“While all the figures remain an estimate, rather than a binding quote, the Cost Estimator© makes it easier than ever for a prospective or returning patient to gauge how much a specific type of treatment will cost and virtually eliminates the potential for any ‘nasty surprises’ when the invoice is presented.
“When comparing costs with other clinics’, potential patients are advised to ensure they check that all the elements of each service are also included in the costs quoted by any other clinic. MFS is the first UK fertility clinic to offer such transparency to prospective patients and encourages them to insist on the same level of disclosure from other clinics before making their clinic choice.”
Vitrified ‘Firsts’ for MFS
MFS finished 2009 with news of a twin pregnancy from vitrified blastocysts and in March this year, confirmed a pregnancy from vitrified frozen eggs. MFS introduced vitrification, the ‘flash-freezing‘ technique which offers improved pregnancy rates of eggs and blastocysts after thawing, to the West Midlands in December 2008. Staff look forward to livebirths from these vitrification milestones later in the year and anticipate further success from vitrified eggs and blastocysts over the coming years.
eSET is Ahead of Target at MFS
To reduce the number of multiple pregnancies from assisted conception treatments, in line with the HFEA’s One at a Time strategy, MFS joined with other West Midlands units in January 2009 in implementing a policy in which women who met certain criteria, are offered a single embryo transfer. One year after implementing this elective single embryo transfer (eSET) policy, MFS has not only met, but exceeded, the first 12 month target of 24%, by reducing the unit’s multiple pregnancy rate from 28.7% for cycles in 2008, to 21.7% for cycles in 2009.
“MFS is well-placed to meet the HFEA’s new multiple pregnancy target of 20% for 2010, without compromising the chance of eSET patients achieving a pregnancy,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director at MFS. “By careful selection of the women who meet the eSET criteria, we can ensure that single embryo transfers do not reduce the number of pregnancies we achieve, but do reduce the number of babies born as twins. Singleton pregnancies are healthier and safer for both the mother and the unborn baby, and MFS’s excellent embryo and blastocyst freezing programme offers the chance of a further pregnancy in the future ” .
Donor Sibling Link
Donor conceived people will be able to get in touch with others who share the same donor, their genetic siblings, through the Donor Sibling Link (DSL), a service launched by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Around 2,000 people are born each year as a result of the donation of sperm, eggs or embryos. Since the launch of the HFEA in August 1991 around 36,000 donor conceived people have been born following treatment at a HFEA licensed centre.
Anyone conceived through donor conception treatment, and who has turned 18 years old, is able to join the DSL, to find out if there are other people who share the same donor. If there are, they will be able to choose to exchange their contact details if they wish to.
DSL will only put people in touch with each other if they consent to sharing their contact information. Only donor-conceived siblings will be able to share information, it will not be available to others including their own parents or other family members. Donor conceived people will also be able to opt out at any point.
Olivia Montuschi, co-founder of the Donor Conception Network said: “Our experience has shown that donor conceived young people are much more interested in half siblings than they are in their donor. We think that this is a wonderful service to help those people get in touch with each other.”