Assisted Reproductive Technologies Essay

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The Lack of Regulation and Legislation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)in the United States. The United States has no standing legislation for ART it also has zero regulations set. Basically what this means is the assisted reproductive field is a free for all. Assisted Reproductive Technologies are used to help infertile couples conceive. There are several different forms such as artificial insemination, In vitro fertilization (IVF), and Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Infertility on average effects one out of ten couples in the United States making it a huge industry in the medical field, however unlike every other medical condition there are no rules regulating the practice of treating infertile patients. There is…show more content…
Then the insurance will pay their eighty percent of the hundred dollars and the patient is billed for the remaining twenty percent. For IVF and other ART patients there is no insurance involvement so physicians can charge what ever they want for their services and there is nothing that can be said about it. An average cycle of IVF in the United States cost between 10,000 and 15,000 dollars. Also on average the first cycle is generally not successful. This leads to several patients who would normally only transfer a single embryo or at most two to elect transferring more. They do this in the hope that it will increase their chances for a successful cycle and eliminate the need for repeated procedures and additional high out of pocket costs. However this also leads to an increased amount of multiple births and all the health issues that come along with them. To stop this cycle the United States needs regulations and detailed legislation in place for ART. Congress through legislation should set regulations for ART and Insurance coverage. This would eliminate the possibility of physicians using a patient’s disease and extreme desire for a family to get rich quick. It would also cut down the number of multiple births making the pregnancy’s that do result from procedures like IVF all around more successful and healthy for both patients and

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