THE COST

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Fried­man says in gen­eral IVF is in­cred­i­bly ex­pen­sive. “A fer­til­ity treat­ment will cost a cou­ple any­thing f rom R30 000 to R65 000, de­pend­ing on the sort of treat­ment that they re­quire. It also varies from clinic to clinic around the coun­try, so it’s big money and re­ally only for the wealthy.”

Med­i­cal aid schemes typ­i­cally do not pro­vide cover for fer­tilit y treat­ments, with the ex­cep­tion of CAMAF med­i­cal aid scheme, which will pay ap­prox­i­mately R54 000 for one treat­ment per an­num. Be­sides get­ting a bit of a tax re­bate, you can’t claim back from the med­i­cal aid, says Fried­man. She says that she spent over R500 000 go­ing through the process her­self.

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