ababySA charges an Agency fee to our Recipients, to cover the workups, recruitment and management of cycles. This is a normal agency charge and allows us to provide a full, professional service, and certainly involves having staff working 24/7 to ensure a smooth cycle for our Recipients. It has nothing to do with the donated eggs themselves, as we can’t guarantee any – it depends on the outcome of the cycle itself and will be discussed with your Clinic.
Effective November 2017, VAT (Value Added Tax) is due on all Agency Fees. This is a legislated 15% surcharge from the South African Revenue Service and should be added to the quoted rates below.
Separate to that, Egg Donors MUST be compensated, by law, a Clinic-defined amount per donation (currently R7,000 – R10,000, depending on the Clinic), irrespective of the number of eggs retrieved. This is billed to you and paid by the Clinic (not us) on the day of your donation, irrespective of how many eggs are retrieved. It is intended to cover basic Donor expenses and inconveniences during the cycle; it’s all in the public domain.
WHAT DOES ababySA CHARGE?
Once your Egg Donor has committed to you (which is usually a matter of hours), we will ask you to pay our agency fee, which is presently (from 1 April 2019) R18,000 plus VAT (15%) for clients paying from a local bank account, and R19,000 plus VAT (15%) for international transactions. We have a number of convenient payment options below. Please also have a look at our travel packages, so we can sort these out for you at the same time.
The money you pay to us is for the work we do to ensure you get the best possible Egg Donor: your perfect match. It’s also for the administration around our contracts, preparation and handover of your chosen Egg Donor file to your Fertility Clinic, support during the time you take to select an Egg Donor; screening, communication between Fertility Clinics, Egg Donors and yourself, sorting your Egg Donors’ Medical and Psychological assessments and also to support her during and after the donation cycle, which must take place within 6 months of the booking.
If necessary, we will also coordinate Egg Donor travel. If you choose to use a traveling Egg Donor, that is one who is prepared to travel to a Fertility Clinic in another region within South Africa in order to donate her eggs, ababySA will organise and manage the travel in line with our commitment to providing a smooth service to Clinics. You will, however, be responsible for her additional travel and subsistence costs; please ask us for an estimate on info@ababySA.com. We charge R1,500 to manage local travel from main Centre to Centre.
If your chosen Egg Donor does not start treatment, either because the pre-screening uncovers some compromising information or if she becomes unavailable, ababySA will either offer you a different Egg Donor with whom you are comfortable, or give you a full refund of our agency fee less a 10% handling charge.
Booking our travel services is also at no added charge to you. We make sure that you have a properly-supported stay in our beautiful country, at preferential rates and in places that will give you a peaceful base from which to focus on our shared goal of a successful pregnancy.
Your main payment, which will include the legislated payment to your Egg Donor, will be due during the scheduled payments to your Fertility Clinic and as part of your overall IVF fee. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like us to get you a quote from a specific Fertility Clinic for your IVF.
WHAT WILL A FERTILITY CLINIC COST YOU?
South Africa has a very well-developed and professional medical environment. Fertility medicine is properly-established in this country and standards and procedures are world-class. The Fertility Clinics with whom we work are bound by the strict requirements of the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG). You can comfortably do your IVF in South Africa, confident that you are in a great place to assist in your dream of a family, quickly and efficiently with maximum safety and professionalism.
We have signed the SASREG code of conduct and are bound fully by their ethical guidelines and protocols. This is not true of every South African Agency.
Their basket of services is aimed at a successful pregnancy. Obviously fees differ slightly from Clinic to Clinic, but they could be up to R60,000. Let us get you a quote.
Your payment will cover admission of your Egg Donor and her fertility medication, screening and blood tests, as well as the theatre and professional fees (Doctors, anaesthetists and nurses) at Retrieval and during consultation with you. Laboratory fees to make the embryo transfer happen are included: all you need to have the best chance of a successful pregnancy.
Our Fertility Clinics can also perform embryo freezing and storage, sperm freezing and transport, genetic testing and other non-routine procedures.
METHODS OF PAYMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS
South Africa has Exchange control regulations in place (we cannot freely send or receive funds in or out of the country without restrictions) and so the government tries to identify all transactions by asking for administrative information about you and your bank. This means that there is usually some admin necessary before using payment gateways – so don’t worry if your application is held for a few hours while they verify your credentials.
You could do a normal Forex transaction at your local bank: detail on your invoice.
Or use OFX – an international gateway, who offer a simple-to-use service at a better rate than your bank.
Online access 24/7 and ability to do everything online, with access to a dedicated Dealer by phone 24-hours a day, 5 days a week. Their offices are in UK, San Francisco, Sydney , Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong, with no receiving bank fees in majority of countries.
International Clients who wish to use PayPal can simply send a request to us at email@example.com. We will raise a PayPal invoice to you and request funds at the prevailing exchange rate at the time.
EGG DONORS’ PAYMENT
The South African Medical Ethics committee have recommended R7,000 to the Egg Donor per donation cycle, as an inconvenience allowance for the time and energy she expends in gifting her eggs, to help parents with their dream of having children. This allowance is, by law, usually administered and paid by your Fertility Clinic to your Egg Donor on the day of her donation.
Eggs are not sold, they are gifted and no price can be put on that gift.