Monday, August 21, 2006

Some statistics on Bumrungrad's fertility center

A short news item at Yahoo News about fertility tourism in Thailand gives a few interesting statistics about Bumrungrad's fertility center. According to Phattaraphum Phophong, a fertility specialist at Bumrungrad International hospital, they receive about 500 foreign patients per month at the fertility center, 60% of which are American. They come primarily for IVF treatment, attracted by both the price, which can be one-third of what it costs in the U.S., and also for certain procedures that may be prohibited or restricted in other countries, such as sex selection using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

That is a pretty big number, 500 foreigners per month. And that doesn't include local Thai residents, although at Bumrungrad foreign patients may be the majority. Jetanin Institute for Assisted Reproduction is the largest fertility center in Thailand, and although they treat many foreigners, Thais are probably the majority. I haven't seen numbers for Jetanin but have visited them and Burmrungrad's fertility center as well. Jetanin is a big fertility center and also has complete hospital facilities for delivering babies. Their numbers must be quite substantial.

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