The Real Cost of Medical Tourism

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-10-24T14:18:10Z

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In Vitro Fertilization

Since in vitro fertilization is rarely covered by medical insurance in the U.S., Israel beckons. According to IsraMedica's Katz, Israel's success rate is 36 percent, compared with as high as 20 percent in other countries. Plus, the cost is about 70 percent less than in the U.S. One of the busiest clinics in the world is JCI-approved Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv. Panama also has a booming IVF practice, partly because the government covers much of the cost for its citizens. Among the hospitals doing IVF in Panama is the JCI-accredited Hospital Punta Pacifica, which is managed by Johns Hopkins.

$12,400: Cost of one cycle of in vitro fertilization in the U.S. -- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
$6,000: Cost in Israel -- IsraMedica
$5,000: Cost in Panama -- Passport Medical

Closer to home:
$3,950: Cost in Mexico