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#1 Highest hopes

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:22 PM

Hi,

If anyone who has done immune testing would be willing to list a summary of the costs they spent on the testing as well as treatment, it would be much appreciated.

I know that I would find that information very useful as someone who is just starting to consider this, and I'm assuming others would too.

It would really help to have an idea of what kind of financial commitment is going to be involved before even starting to go down that path.

Thanks very much in advance for any info.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:40 PM

I've had some testing done in the States. It depends on the number of tests you are getting done, but expect to pay $1500-$3000 (in USD) depending on what you & your DP are getting tested for.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:48 AM

In Quebec, it cost 350.00. It was mandatory.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:13 AM

Actually, I don't think it's the same as what is done in Québec.

These are highly specialised and sophisticated tests that are conducted in special labs that are simply not yet available in our country and they are costly.

There are some labs do some of the testing in Canada, (like NK cells) but they are not as accurate.

Like tests for HLA DQ Alleles, TH1:TH2 Cytokine Ratio, MTHFR Gene Polumorphism, the full Thombophilia panel, the full Antiphospholipid panel, Anti-DNA Histone Panel, Ovarian antibodies to name but a very few of the numerous tests that can be run.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:50 AM

oh my bad. I wonder what the test was that I got done then? I know they had to send it far away to get tested, (SA) and it took forever to get results back!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:52 PM

I was wondering if anyone had their NK killer cell test done in Canada where they got it done and how much it cost them. Same for anyone who had this test done in the states. WHich lab did they use and how much did it cost them. I'm trying to gather this information so I might be able to get this test covered by my insurance.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

I was wondering if anyone had their NK killer cell test done in Canada where they got it done and how much it cost them. Same for anyone who had this test done in the states. WHich lab did they use and how much did it cost them. I'm trying to gather this information so I might be able to get this test covered by my insurance.

I do not think there is any lab do NK test in Canada. In AB there is nothing for sure, the local labs didn't even had any idea about what a hell this was. In BC there is nothing , but local labs know about the test and have direct connection to US labs to sent there. As far as I know there is a few clinic in ON who deal with it, but I think they also send it to the states aftre they draw the blood,but they organise everything, and you may not even know that the lab actually sent the blood away. . .

My was sent to Reprosource in the states. It was $250 for the test, plus $100 for the shipping back and forth same day courier express. The blood has to be analysed within 24 hrs and it is considered biohazard material, hence the shipping is crazy but somewhat also depends on your location. Plus you have to pay the lab that draws the blood,which is ~$50 depending on the lab.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:18 PM


  • Hi J & A,

    My Canadian RE also told me that thorough immune testing needs to be done through the top labs in the States. They just don't do the same tests here. I had looked at testing through Millenova in the States ($1200) http://www.millenova.com and the process for having blood drawn and sent back there was pretty straightforward. I've also heard that lots of people use Dr. Beer in the States. I would trust Dr. Sher's advice about what lab to use. He's really immune friendly and has gotten great results. I ended up not bothering to do the testing in the States b/c we're going to treat my next cycle as if I have immune issues anyway (IVIG etc.). Good luck
I found this posting on another thread that's why I thought I would ask any other ladies who have had immune testing the question of where did they have it done and how much they paid. I had my test done with Dr. Sher and ReproSource but I paid $484 plus $25 to have the blood drawn and paid forexpress shipping. I was told the Dr. Sher's paitents get a discount.

The reason I'm trying to find out different prices is that I'm told that my insurance company will pay if I can prove that one it is only done in the states and two that I didn't go to the Rolls Royce of labs. I just love having to do the insurance company's work for them.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thanks everyone for all the info, I really appreciate it.

I'm trying to figure out if it would make more sense to deal direct with one of the labs, or do it through a fertility clinic.
I'm thinking dealing direct with a lab would save the cost of the "middle man" of the clinic, to see if there are even any issues. Then if there are issues, we could look at which clinic to use for treatment. On the other hand, I don't feel knowledgeable enough to know what tests to get or which lab is best, without the advice of a knowledgeable doctor's advice, so that may be the best approach.

I've been reading on Braverman's website which has tons of info, & also he seems to really know what he's talking about. I like the way he answers people's question on his site.
http://www.preventmiscarriage.com

I was also checking out this new post by Dr. Sher where he talks about the testing methods @ Sher Institutes & says that there are only less that a half dozen labs in the U.S. that can perform one of the tests reliably, and he describes why. This makes me think he REALLY knows what he's talking about...
http://www.ivfauthor...apy-in-ivf.html

It also blows my mind how expensive the treatments are. One great thing I found out this week is that my acupuncturist/TCM doc told me that if I do get the tests done & there are issues, they can treat many of the issues from a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach which is much more economical, so I was glad to hear that.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:50 PM

Hi Ladies well apparently my insurance company found that Gamma Dynacare here in ontario does NK Killer cell testing for $103. I paid $484 for it in the states and was told by the doctor that his patient's get a discount. Looking more like he get a kick back. So my insurance will only reimburse me for the price of the test in ontario. Unless I can prove that they are different test just called the same.

So has anyone had the test done here in Canada?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:48 AM

I have had the NK test done here and in the States (twice). The Canadian lab under- reported my levels.

Both U.S. labs pointed to elevated NK cells and a problem.

Consider this: a Porsche is a car and so is a Lada (remember those?) but the driving experience is very different.

There are cars and there are CARS. There are labs and then....

$484 seems high for that one test. Did the dictor order others? I did testing through Sher and the Beer Centre and the testing for ALL of the immune issues they were looking at was about $1500 in all. I suspecf the requisition has other tests on it. You should look again.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:02 AM

I just got some testing done and it cost me $150 (ANA, Protein S, Protein C) all the other immune testing that I had done was covered by OHIP

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

Is IVIG covered by OHIP if it's prescribed?

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