How much would you spend to have a child?
How much would you spend for the chance to have a child?
Fertility treatments are an often expensive gamble but one that a growing number of would-be parents are willing to take -- in some cases, spending as much on family building as most people drop on a cruise or a car.
A single course of in vitro fertilization costs $4,500 to $8,000, plus $2,000 to $7,000 for required medication, the Financial Post reports. Donor sperm costs $3,000 to $4,500 for six inseminations.
A portion of the fees may be covered by medical insurance at work or provincial health care plans but, for the most part, you're on your own.
One Toronto couple recently spent $13,500 for one cycle of IVF, including drug costs; but the treatment wasn't successful and they decided not to repeat it. Happily, after shelling out for six intrauterine insemination treatments at a total cost of $2,400, they're now pregnant.
Many others, of course, aren't so fortunate. For them, the struggle to have children can lead to strained relationships, depression, anxiety and very real financial hardship.