In Vitro Fertilization Goes Commercial
Science. 1983 Sep 16; 221(4616): 1160-1161.
The rapid acceptance of in vitro fertilization in the United States has raised questions about standards, fees, and insurance coverage. Though even well-established medical center programs achieve success rates of just 15 to 20 percent per attempt--and at a cost of $3,000 to $4,000 for each attempt--thousands of prospective patients are on waiting lists for treatment and a proliferation of medical centers and clinics offering the procedure is expected to meet the demand. The American Fertility Society has established a committee to develop minimum standards for in vitro fertilization teams. (KIE abstract)