Well, the year didn’t really begin the way we had hoped, (understatement!) but, the vaccine is out there now, which although a slow process, will eventually save us from the Coronavirus,. So it looks like the world will eventually start spinning again! )Arms, legs, fingers and eyes crossed!)
We will all be able to slowly get back to some sense of normality, and hopefully, some time soon, give eachother a much needed hug! We don’t want to ever hear that IVF clinics need to shut or that treatment needs to be halted. We want green lights and happiness for 2021!!
Oh wait..but what about Brexit
Surely this is not going to affect fertility treatment? We turned to our finance expert Dimitris Kavakas from Redia IVF and asked him your questions regarding Brexit and fertility treatment.
Will Brexit impact the supply of medicines, medical devices and donor sperm?
With the deal signed I think we are not going to face any supply issues.
Could this mean that the cost of IVF in the UK would potentially increase, especially with regards to the cost of medication?
I believe in the long run there will not be any significant cost increases, however, because the market needs to adapt to the new procedures, there might be an instability in prices in the short run. Any price increases will be eventually be offset by the strengthened Sterling that has already started its recovery following the Brexit deal.
How will Brexit affect people travelling abroad for fertility treatment? Will we need to fill out visas each time we travel for appointments? (We will neeed to make two trips to our clinic)
The only thing that would affect people is that they would need to have a valid passport for at least 6 months to be able to travel. There is no visa requirements for any of the EU countries and people are still free to travel for tourism. The length of stay for any British passport holder to the EU is 90 days in any given year, so that is more than enough to make several visits even if they are on a refund guarantee programme and need to make several cycles and transfers.
With so much red tape, will there be longer waiting lists for clinics abroad due to the requirement of visas and paperwork?
No, there is not going to be any longer waiting lists and as mentioned above, Brexit is not going to affect travelling for tourism or treatments. It will only affect people who want to move abroad to get a job, this will not be possible anymore without a working visa, but for IVF treatment, there is no difference than before.
Will Brexit affect storage in the UK? What happens if there is a delay in shipping nitrogen to the UK? (Could this happen?)
This could have been be a dark scenario if there had been a no-deal Brexit. However, this is no longer a scenario now, since we have a deal that guarantees normalized relations with the EU and I don’t think we will ever face such issues.
Can I freeze my eggs abroad and keep them in storage there?
Sure, every clinic in any country offers this service to international fertility patients. What you have to have in mind, however, is that Brexit does affect the regulations for bringing the cryopreserved eggs back to the UK, if you ever need to. Easy cryo-transfers are secured withing the EU, however, now the UK is not in the EU, cryo-transfers between EU and non-EU countries follow more strict regulations and procedures. So it may mean that it would be easier to go abroad to do the IVF when you want to use your eggs.
If you have further questions, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge thanks to Dimitris Kavakas from Redia IVF