IVF Success Rates - why we believe it's important you know them

The ABC's 7:30 Report is tonight (9 February 2016) discussing IVF success rates and whether or not fertility clinics should be allowed to share them publicly. Genea is mentioned because of the way we explain our success rates both on their own and in comparison to the average of all other Australian and New Zealand clinics.
 
We believe that people considering or undergoing fertility treatment have a right to access accurate information and data to help them in their decisions.
 
While there may be a perception in the community that the chance of having a baby from IVF is the same, irrespective of where the treatment is undertaken or the nature of the treatment itself, Genea does not accept that the IVF process is uniform. We do not agree that any difference in pregnancy rates across IVF clinics is solely down to patient differences, eg cause of infertility.
 
Genea has made significant investment into research and development which has resulted in innovative fertility technologies which are used worldwide. It is our clinic’s view that this, along with individualised processes leads to, overall, an improved likelihood of success irrespective of patient factors.
 
We have benchmarked ourselves against the publicly available data produced by the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD) for many years and have consistently seen higher live birth rates, despite for example the introduction of low cost offerings and the fact that our patient mix consists of a high proportion of people who have undergone treatment unsuccessfully at another clinic.
 
Genea believes that it has an ethical obligation to convey this information publicly and has strived to find a comparator that is real, independent and easy to understand. At this point in time, ANZARD provides the only means of undertaking such a benchmarking process.
 
Over recent years we have sent detailed information to both the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We regard these bodies as the ultimate arbiters in this situation.

Please let us know what you think on the issue in the comments section below.
 
 
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