Shared Cost or Risk Sharing
Shared cost pricing is a way to balance the cost of multiple treatments. The cost of treatments are shared among the people electing the treatment option and taking a risk that a pregnancy in the first treatment cycle will cost more money. Shared cost pricing is a way to offset the high cost of in vitro fertilization treatments and can be a good idea as long as the benefit is for the patient and not as a revenue generating technique for the clinic. Under a risk shared option, patients will pay more for a single cycle of IVF, but have the option to undergo more than one treatment for limited additional cost if the first treatment is unsuccessful. Many clinics offer these risk shared options, but patients must look closely at what things are covered by these plans and what things aren't covered. Often clinics will not include all of the testing or necessary services. If you do not have a good understanding of the treatments, you could end up paying more for the treatment than needed. Our approach to pricing is straight forward. With the exception of insurance, we can often give you a reasonably accurate quote of your actual costs. We do not cloak or disguise fees. Be aware of clinics that will not quote you reliable and all inclusive costs.
California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. has several pricing plans available including a cost share or risk price option. We no longer have the IVF refund plan (50/65) plan or the 100% refund plan because this program had the potential to place patients at high risk of sharing costs that were no proportional to their needs. The 2 cycle option allows you to share the risk of paying more for the first cycle while providing a discount if a second treatment is needed. With the two cycle cost sharing plan, you purchase 2 complete IVF treatments and up to 6 frozen embryo transfer cycles for the cost of a single treatment. There are no age limits or other qualifications that are often associated with refund plans. This helps to make it clear how much treatment will cost without the risk of high cost and hidden fees. This is an aggressive package designed to give you several attempts at a discount rate. Medications and outside costs are not included. We are a private practice infertility clinic and do not have any affiliation with UC Davis.
These programs offer affordable alternatives to the cost of single cycle IVF costs. We are happy to discuss the different options in detail if you have any questions.