An overview is given on selected cost-drivers within an assisted reproduction technology (ART) laboratory, such as procedural
costs; sperm preparations; laboratory supplies including embryo culture media and cryopreservation. Depending on the nature
of an ART unit, i.e. private vs. public/tertiary, the structure of the unit will differ with regards to costs, services offered, and
general patient population. ART laboratory equipment, culture media and disposables are imported from various parts of the
world to South Africa. Costs will be influenced by the choice of ART diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, disposables and
devices, whereby laboratory costs can escalate to near 50% of ART fees payable in the private sector. The ultimate goal of an
ART treatment should be to achieve a healthy singleton as cost effectively as possible, especially in a developing country.
stemmed from an invited lecture presented at 35th National
Congress of the South African Society of Obstetricians &
Gynaecologists South African Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists (SASOG) in May 2012.