commercial surrogacy ban in Thailand could affect the
overall international demand. According to a report
from BioEdge, a Sydney-based bioethics news website,
commercial surrogacy is currently legal in the some US
states, as well as eastern European countries like Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Armenia. "However,
the number of countries with ideal conditions for
commercial surrogacy -- enabling legislation, high-
quality medical care, and desperately poor women is
shrinking fast," the report said.
from country to country US$38-120,000 in the United
States; US$25-60,000 in Armenia; US$25-80,000 in
Russia and the Ukraine; US$28-35,000 in India; and
US$40-45,000 in Mexico, according to MTQUA figures.
fertility procedures like IVF and pre-implantation
genetic diagnosis (PGD) screening, where couples can
find out any predisposition for genetic disorders as well
as the sex of the foetus, has remained strong, Chan says.
His company, Arthai Institute, estimates that in the last
three to four years, Chinese patients going to Thailand
to undertake fertility treatments rose from about 500
cases a year to 4,000 cases by 2013. The number could
reach 10,000 in another three years, he says, according
to industry estimates.
(US$12,251-15,323), about equivalent to private hospitals in Hong Kong,
Chan says. The difference is that Thailand hospitals typically include
PGD screening in a typical IVF package, while Hong Kong hospitals do
not. In Hong Kong, a screening using the latest PDG technology, called
array CGH, can cost about US$6,000 alone, he says.
to whether the move was too rash, given the loss of business
opportunity. Others worry that the process will be driven
underground, where commercial surrogate mothers would have
even less legal protections.
a family, Munro says. "I think it's a mistake for Thailand to be
adopting this particular law, because we see that there is a growing
need for surrogacy options, and that need is not going to go away."
commercial surrogacy were legalised and better regulated in Thailand,
it would be a benefit to the country's medical tourism industry.
says. "I do believe Thailand can offer a sometimes superior [result]
compared to other countries."
research local laws and providers before inking a deal.
outcomes for providers," she says. "The same holds true for both
surrogate and child-seeking couple. Both should be fully informed of
the procedures they are about to get involved in, the potential health
issues and legal ramifications that might arise, and the channels they
can seek for assistance when they do."