Surrogacy cost is a matter of controversy, is it as cheap in Georgia or Belarus as everybody says? Does it mean that the quality is low and the risks are high?
First we need to point out that a Surrogacy program is a sum of many different separate costs. On one side we have all medical cost associated with the IVF procedures, genetic tests, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and all other medical cost before the pregnancy, plus the costs connected with the pregnancy care, consultations of the surrogate mother, monthly screenings, medicines, delivery, etc. And one the other side we have the costs associated with the compensation of the donor of oocytes and the surrogate mother herself.
We can roughly say that the cost of a Surrogacy program can be divided in 2 equal parts, the compensation of the surrogate mother and the oocytes’ donor being around 50% of the cost while the other 50% will be expended in the medical procedures, genetic tests, PGD, pregnancy care, medicines, delivery and the profits of the specialized agency, the profits being not more than 20% of the whole cost of the program.
From the data above you can easily see that the main reason of a low surrogacy cost in Georgia, Ukraine or Belarus is direct consequence of a much lower compensation for both the egg donor and the surrogate compared with the amounts paid, for instance, in United States. The cost of a Surrogate in United States starts from 75.000 USD, or 4 times more than in Georgia. The compensation of oocytes’ donors in Georgia is also around 5 times lower than in North America and other rich European countries.
The medical expenditures are also lower albeit not in the same proportion. Medical equipment is overall expensive and has top quality in most of Georgian reproductive clinics. The prices of the medical procedures are normally quite cheap for the local population but more expensive for foreign patients. In general, the cost of the medical procedures is 2-3 times cheaper in Georgia compared to United States including the cost of complex genetic and other specific medical tests.
Finally, as a matter of fact, surrogacy agencies in Europe do not ask for the extremely high fees that their American counterparts ask for. With quite affordable, even negligible fees according to American standards that may vary from 5000 USD to 10.000 USD, much lower than the 50.000 USD initial fee of most of surrogacy agencies in America.
Making a quick calculation, you can easily come to the conclusion that starting a Surrogacy program in Georgia or Belarus will save you a huge amount of money, up to 100.000 dollars for Americans. But the big question remain, will I succeed? Will I have the same medical conditions I am used to? Georgia is not USA, as well as Belarus, but we can assure you that most of IVF clinics in these countries keep themselves technologically updated. And a very big plus in this picture is that the staff working those clinics is highly educated, trained in the most advanced medical techniques and well informed and updated about the most recent discoveries of reproductive medicine.
Is our technologically worse that America? In general the answer is NO. Is it cheaper? yes, and mainly because of the lower cost of labor and the overall conditions of their economies compared to more advanced countries.
Will I have the quality I deserve if I apply for a Surrogacy program in Eastern Europe? Absolutely. Pons Medical Research specializes in Surrogacy programs in Georgia and Belarus; As an experienced company specialized in genetics and reproductive technologies we perform all our procedures in line with the corresponding European standards, which translates to patients´ success and excellence of service.