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Understanding Infertility Insurance - Don't Get Caught Out!

Aug 17, 2007
Infertility issues are stressful enough for couples to deal with and can create any number of emotional reactions. During treatment, couples are given the opportunity to realise their ambitions for conception yet, financially, it can present a huge burden on their resources. Infertility insurance should be strongly considered and in most cases can ease this financial burden.

Infertility Insurance - The Options

These can vary from country to country. Essentially, insurance in this area works like any other type of insurance depending on the type of procedures involved. You pay a monthly premium and are entitled to claim a percentage of the cost of the treatment. However, because infertility is such a complex and at times, drawn out ordeal, the cost of treatment can amount to exhorbitant levels not to mention the uncertainty of success and it is for this reason insurance companies have been loathe to offer infertility coverage. The good news though, particularly in the United States, is there is a shift towards making infertility insurance mandatory under typical health coverage schemes as has been already applied in some states.

Eligibility - Sorting Out The Confusion

If you are reading this and are planning to have your first child in the next couple of years then it may be a good time to look at the pros and cons of infertility insurance. Why? Well, there is certain criteria that needs to be met. Many couples have been left with huge financial committments because they investigated insurance only after infertility was established. So who is eligible?

Couples who haven't been able to conceive for a certain period of time and who in most cases are under the age of 40 will be in a good position to qualify for insurance. Remember though, if infertility has already been established and treatment has commenced then it's highly unlikely that coverage will be available. Requirements made vary from insurer to insurer so make sure you check several options. If you have been an insurance policy holder for a certain period of time then again, you may be strongly considered for infertility coverage. There may be several grey areas regarding eligibility so be forthright and inquisitive when doing your due diligence.

There are several options available to propective policy holders who qualify but the main three categories include standard, refund and financing programs. Standard coverage involves a monthly premium and covers you up to a designated dollar amount. This is usually the most affordable type of infertility insurance. Refund programs require treatment payments up front but in the event of unsuccessful procedures, then you are entitled to be refunded a portion of your initial outlay and this amount can vary significantly. Financing is a little more complex and if considering this option, then you need to discuss it with your clinic of choice.

One more thing... infertility insurance is an "umbrella" that encompasses any number of treatments. Be clear on exactly what you are being covered for. Avoid any nasty surprises following the completion of treatment by knowing exactly what your plan covers.
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Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Read the latest infertility news and reviews including infertility insurance and related information at:http://www.infertilityline.com
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