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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home to comply with social distancing measures.

Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.

The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. “Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.

Do you offer financial programs for infertility treatments?

Facebook Live – Do you offer financial programs for infertility treatments?

Dr. Silber answers a viewer question from Facebook Live. The viewer asked about financial programs to assist patients who may not be able afford infertility treatment.


Video Transcription:

well yeah certainly like for cancer patients or people that our insurance doesn’t cover preserving their fertility for all these years we’ve done that for free because we don’t want money to get in the way of decisions they have to make right away. For IVF, our approach to keep it as inexpensive as possible; to use the least amount of drugs and just to keep the cost down as much as we possibly can and have the highest success rate. Now if you need financial assistance for it, there are methods that we’ll use but also there are… We’re not in the insurance business, but we can refer you to… there are plenty of companies that will do insurance programs and do loans for IVF and you can do that but we’re not in the financing business. Any IVF program that is in the finance business is just using it as an extra profit source and we’re not interested in making an extra profit source off of you.