If you live in New York State – and you are considering egg donation – you might want to do it sooner than later. Because the price of donor eggs are going to be rising fast!! Right now most IVF Centers compensate egg donors between $5,000 and $8,000 for their time and effort. But now New York State is going into the business of attracting egg donors for stem cell research and they are going to be offering $10,000 per donation!
This goes under the heading “no good deed goes unpunished”.
I am a huge supporter of stem cell research and of the free market system that we have in the United States – but I do wonder if the well intentioned state governing board that is setting the compensation prices for egg donors thought about how they might impact infertile couples in New York State – by raising the amount of money paid to egg donors? It is tax payer money that will be paying for egg donors who donate to research – but no such money is available to pay for egg donors for infertile couples. They are on their own – as usual.
Stem cell research is a wonderful thing – and I think it is great that New York State is offering to pay for donors – but they might want to think about how their actions – and the fees that they are setting will impact infertile New Yorkers who are also seeking eggs to build their families. What will now happen is that the price of compensation who continue to rise because IVF clinics will have to compete with New York State in order to attract donors – and in the end – it will be the infertile couple who is already having trouble paying for treatment who might be left behind.