1 Fertility Department, Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark2 Ph.d.-studienævnet for Medicin3 unknown4 Sundhedsøkonomi
results from a 5-year follow-up cohort study
OBJECTIVE: To examine the costs to the public health care system of couples in medically assisted reproduction. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study of infertile couples initiating medically assisted reproduction treatment. SETTING: Specialized public fertility clinics in Denmark. SAMPLE: Seven hundred and thirty-nine couples having no child at study entry and with data on kind of treatment and live birth (yes/no) for each treatment attempt at the specialized public fertility clinic. METHODS: Treatment data for medically assisted reproduction attempts conducted at the public fertility clinics were abstracted from medical records. Flow diagrams were drawn for different standard treatment cycles and direct costs at each stage in the flow charts were measured and valued by a bottom-up procedure. Indirect costs were distributed to each treatment cycle on the basis of number of visits as basis. Costs were adjusted to 2012 prices using a constructed medical price index. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Live birth, costs. RESULTS: Total costs per live birth in 2012 prices were estimated to 10,755€. Costs per treated couple - irrespective of whether the treatment was terminated by a live birth or not - were estimated at 6607€. Costs per live birth of women <35 years at treatment initiation were 9338€ and 15,040€ for women ≥35 years. CONCLUSION: The public costs for live births after conception with medically assisted reproduction treatment are relatively modest. The results can be generalized to public fertility treatment in Denmark and to other public treatment settings with similar limitations in numbers of public treatment cycles offered.
Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2014, Vol 93, Issue 1, p. 64-72
Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Adult; Cohort Studies; Denmark; Female; Fertility; Follow-Up Studies; Health Care Costs; Humans; Male; Pregnancy; Public Health; Reproductive Techniques, Assisted