Beijing government announced announced earlier this year that it will cover 16 types of assisted reproduction technology under its healthcare insurance system starting July 1. The treatments include IVF, embryo transplantation, and freezing and storing semen. The city is the first major city in China to extend insurance coverage. The move is part of China’s efforts to reverse a declining birth rate.
IVF treatments in Beijing start at around $4,000 per cycle at Beijing Puhua International Hospital. This hospital has a success rate of around 40% for women under 35 years old. Many couples need to undergo IVF four or five times, and each round has a success rate of roughly 30%. The average cost of IVF in cities such as Shanghai is between $4,500 to $5,000.
Surrogacy is banned in China due to legal and ethical concerns. The ban includes commercial surrogacy, and the sale of gametes, fertilized eggs, and embryos. However, people are not prohibited from engaging the services of a surrogacy and donor in other countries. In fact, hundreds of infertile Chinese couples come to the US to do just that. Once their baby is born, they obtain travel documents to return home to China and obtain Chinese citizenship for the baby once home. And they live happily ever after. 他们永远幸福地生活下去