At breakfast this morning, an article about infertility caught my eye in our local paper. It was about a new book by Debora Spar - The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception. The book (from what I read in the article) discusses the people who gain from the "infertility business" and mentions that there is a price for everything (sperm, eggs, womb rental, etc). I tried to find the article online. Instead, I found this review of the book, which was no less interesting.
Another thing I found during my search was an article about "Infertility Tourism" in the New York Times. Felicia Lee mentions people flying to various places around the world to find cheaper egg donations, to have IVF less expensively, etc. Travelling to go through in vitro fertilization makes a lot of sense - get to visit a foreign country and hopefully come home with a really special souvenir... There are additional advantages like the fact that the experience is much more likely to be a positive one, even if the fertility treatment is unsuccessful.
As mentioned in the New York Times, in Israel, IVF is covered by the national health service. It took me time to realize how lucky I was not to have had to pay for the treatment. I was already an Israeli citizen when I started battling infertility, so once they approved my file, all I had to do was pay about 10% of the cost of the medications that I took. It was about $100 - $150 per cycle. I have tried to imagine what it would be like for money to be the obstacle between having and not having a baby. The decision for those going for expensive infertility treatments is like buying a high risk stock (sometimes repeatedly), but with the desire to have a baby being such an obsession (for most), I don't know how couples can decide to stop.