In-Vitro Fertilization in Dubai
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In-Vitro Fertilization in Dubai

Becoming a parent is a great joy in life, but accidents can happen anytime to mothers and their babies, not to mention that there’s a chance they may need assistance in conceiving a child. Here, UAE Medical Insurance examines fertility issues and IVF in the Emirate.



When a couple is finally ready to have a baby, it can be a real ordeal to find out that issues with fertility will not allow them to conceive. In many nations around the world, people are waiting longer and longer to become parents, which is causing more and more people to turn to modern medicine in order to realize their dream of starting or growing their family. Dubai itself is certainly no stranger to these effects. According to The National in 2018, the number of couples in Dubai seeking In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was increasing. With an increasing demand for this type of fertility treatment, what can you do if you find out you need to receive IVF treatment? We aim to answer this question below.

Causes of infertility in Dubai

About 20% of couples in the Emirate will face some kind of fertility issue when trying to conceive a child, which is higher than the global average of 15%. The previously mentioned The National article stated that around 50% of Dubai’s female population experience difficulty in fertility at some point in their lives. In 2015, Dubai fertility facilities saw almost 6,000 women seeking treatment to address fertility issues. Meanwhile, male infertility is also relatively problematic in the United Arab Emirates, with poorer quality semen samples than are seen in Australia, the UK, Canada, or Spain, according to one doctor.

Infertility levels in Dubai can be directly attributed to recent lifestyle trends. Chief among these is the previously alluded point that people are waiting longer to have children. Simply put, past a certain point in life, the risk of infertility increases dramatically. This point for women is approximately the age of 35. For men, even though they can produce sperm for their entire lives, infertility risk heightens at around the age of 45.

Other causes of infertility in both women and men can be the bad diet and weight gain that are the result of the sedentary lifestyle that is becoming increasingly common in developed countries. For women in particular, conditions such as Endometriosis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the latter of which is especially prevalent in the Middle East, are also a concern. Still, other risk factors include chronic health problems, such as diabetes, and smoking.

IVF Treatment in Dubai

Fortunately for all sufferers of infertility in Dubai, the city is well equipped to handle IVF treatments, so there is no need to travel outside the Emirate. In fact, Dubai is one of the premier destinations for medical tourists looking for IVF treatment in the Middle East, and in 2014 IVF was even recognized as the most popular procedure among medical tourists. This is especially interesting as the procedures that are top for medical tourists worldwide are things like cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery. So where do these couples go to get their IVF treatments in Dubai?

Of course, one of the first names people think about when you mention medicine in Dubai is Dubai Healthcare City. Here you can find the Dubai Gynaecology & Fertility Centre, which is a government-run, highly specialized center that provides a whole host of screenings and treatments for infertility.

For private fertility clinics, there are multiple options in Dubai. Some of the best established are Bourn Hall Clinic in Jumeirah, which was established in 1980 and has aided in the conception of over ten thousand babies, and Fakih IVF Fertility Center, which is one of the most talked-about fertility clinics online. Fakih boasts a high success rate for women under 35 years of age and has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain. Other clinics include EVE Fertility Center, Conceive Gynaecology & Fertility Hospital, and New Hope IVF.

Also worth mentioning is the success rates of some of the most popular IVF clinics based in Dubai:

Clinic

Success rate

New Hope IVF

63.4%

Conceive

63.2%

Fakih IVF

63%

Orchid

38-60%

Aster IVF

51%

PRC Dubai

50%

Bournhall Clinic

20-35%

Covering Costs

The Dubai Healthcare Authority has mandated that everyone in the Emirate, both locals and foreigners alike, must have health insurance in order to get their work visa for Dubai. At that time employers will have to provide insurance for their employees and heads of household will be responsible for ensuring that their families have health insurance. That’s why many people will assume their insurance will provide the needed benefit when it comes to the costs associated with fertility treatment.

The reality, however, is that at the writing of this article (Sep 2019), fertility treatments are excluded and are not required to be covered by compliant health insurance plans in Dubai. In fact, it should be noted here that fertility treatments are among the most common

health insurance exclusions, and thus virtually all insurers do not cover IVF.

Having said that, some insurers may still cover maternity treatment if the client falls pregnant via fertility treatment, though all IVF costs are not covered. Nonetheless, even these compensations come with caveats, such as a cap on newborn coverage and complications.

In addition, according to UAE law, all women must be married before they can be pregnant. Therefore, if you are seeking fertility treatment but are unmarried, you may find both fertility clinics and insurance companies unwilling to accommodate you, which means that you will have to go outside of Dubai for fertility treatment.

While virtually all insurance policies in Dubai will not cover fertility treatments, if you need to obtain other forms of health insurance, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our experienced agents at UAE Medical Insurance can help to answer any of your questions, and provide plan comparisons and quotations from the UAE’s best insurance companies.

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