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Different Approaches To Infertility Clinic Management

Author: Robert Fogarty
by Robert Fogarty
Posted: Jan 23, 2014

There can be different approaches to managing an infertility clinic. Depending on the choice or selection of clinic, fertility patients will probably be faced with one of two general approaches for operating an infertility clinic.

The first approach is the commonly preferred open and flexible fertility clinic management style. Unfortunately, this may not be readily available at all fertility clinics. In the flexible operations model, the treatment process is all about the patient. Treatment plans are customized directly to suit each patient based on one or more consultations between the patient and the staff of the fertility clinic. Here, treatment schedules are matched with every requirement associated with the patient. As expected, this customized approach to the provision of fertility treatments can be pricey as individual desires and treatments are carefully planned to generate the best potential for success. With high expense being the downside of this type of fertility treatment approach, the plus side includes a very comfortable environment where the patient’s infertility circumstances become front and center of the treatment plan. Still, where money is not an issue, this type of operation may be the best option.

The second approach to fertility clinic treatment styles is more rigid and less flexible. Clinics with this style of operation have a more standardized operation policy and treatments are not entirely customizable but in contrast must adhere to previously demarcated outlines and fees. Patients who come into standardized clinics may be able to consult with an infertility doctor. However, the infertility doctor would only be able to prescribe treatment based on a specified template or course of action. Of course, the patient gets a less personal experience when compared to more flexible and open operational models. However, this method of operating the clinic based on templates and standardized treatment plans may be more economical for the fertility clinic and consequently affect its financial bottom line. In addition, more people with limited budgets could benefit from services at these clinics.

Choice of which model of fertility clinic operation to use can depend on different factors including population demographics, location, income levels, customer sophistication, regulatory affairs, available subsidies and funding, availability of qualified infertility doctors and other reasons. High income or affluent environments can attract fertility clients who expect to be treated in certain ways including a personal one-on-one approach. In such instances, where money to pay for treatment is readily available, fertility clinics may choose to use a flexible fertility treatment operational model and reap the benefits of gaining a certain variety of clientele. However, in areas where income levels are much lower, providing a standard plate of offerings could go a long way in making fertility treatment options available for more people at a cost which is not totally unapproachable. The presence of qualified infertility doctors could also affect the fertility treatment offerings available. A more qualified or experienced infertility doctor may be able to provide additional fertility treatment services which could create an opportunity for more customizable treatment plans for clients. However, a less qualified or experienced infertility doctor may be limited to standard treatment options and thus may opt for a more standardized fertility treatment plan.

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