Setting a tariff for IVF and ICSI treatment: a cost analysis

Venson, R. , Maheshwari, A., Nelson, S. M. and Boyd, K. A. (2023) Setting a tariff for IVF and ICSI treatment: a cost analysis. Human Fertility, (doi: 10.1080/14647273.2023.2204409) (PMID:37300314) (Early Online Publication)

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In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intra-cytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI) are available in Scotland through the National Health Service (NHS) according to specific criteria. There is no standardised NHS tariff for these treatments in Scotland, and variation exists amongst different centres providing NHS services. The aim of this study was to calculate the mean cost of IVF and ICSI cycles for NHS-funded treatment in Scotland. A detailed cost analysis of fresh and frozen cycles was performed, and a breakdown of the various cost components was presented. A deterministic approach was applied using NHS-funded individual cycle data from 2015–2018 and aggregate data. All costs were calculated in UK pounds sterling (£- using 2018 prices). Resource use was assigned to individual cycles based on cycle-level data or expert-informed assumptions; whenever needed, average aggregate costs were assigned to cycles. A total of 9442 NHS-funded cycles were included in the analysis. The average cost of fresh IVF and ICSI cycles was £3247 [£1526–£4215] and £3473 [£1526–£4416], respectively. Frozen cycles averaged £938 [£272–£1085]. This data can be useful to decision-makers, especially where IVF/ICSI is publicly funded, as it delivers a detailed IVF/ICSI cost breakdown. It is an opportunity for other authorities to estimate IVF/ICSI costs, as the methods applied are clear and reproducible.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding. KB has received a grant from the Scottish Government paidto the University of Glasgow to undertake the present study; the same grant was used to fund part of RV’s contract with the University of Glasgow.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nelson, Professor Scott and Boyd, Dr Kathleen and Venson, Dr Rafael
Authors: Venson, R., Maheshwari, A., Nelson, S. M., and Boyd, K. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Human Fertility
Publisher:Informa UK Ltd
ISSN (Online):1742-8149
Published Online:09 June 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © TheAuthor(s) 2023
First Published:First published in Human Fertility 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons licence

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