Updated: 06/20/2022 | Originally published on 06/20/2022
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common fertility treatments and provide a way to help some women become pregnant who cannot otherwise. It is also one of the most expensive, with estimates that it costs around $20,000 (with medication) in the United States. Doctors have long noted that IVF success rates vary significantly from country to country and wondered why this is.
IVF Success Rates in Greece
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is significantly higher in Greece than in the United States. The study found that the overall success rate for IVF was 42.5 percent in Greece, compared to just 27.5 percent in the United States.
There are a number of reasons why IVF may be more successful in Greece than in other countries:
One possibility is that Greek doctors are simply more experienced with the procedure than their American counterparts.
Also there are long-standing professional and best clinics in Greece. Greece is also a popular destination for IVF treatment.
Another possibility is that the overall health of Greek women undergoing IVF may be better than that of American women, making them more likely to conceive.
And also Greek government subsidizes IVF treatment for women who cannot afford it. It gives such women free access to IVF and pays for the fertilization procedure in full.
It also offers assisted reproduction techniques to all women between the ages of 23 and 40 when they do not conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. The U.S. government, by contrast, does not offer any subsidies to infertile women wishing to have children through assisted reproduction.
The dramatic increase in IVF success rates in Greece shows how a socialized health care system can be beneficial even in a market-based economy like that of the United States (though we should probably ask ourselves why there are no corresponding reforms here at home). In Greece, the government is financially incentivizing doctors to have children and the rate of IVF success has more than doubled.