Canada also has an excellent public healthcare system and good quality IVF facilities. Surrogacy agencies in Canada are limited by law in what they can do. Paid advertising for surrogates is not legal. Charging to match intended parents with surrogates is not legal.
Canada has had phenomenal growth in demand due to its legal framework, professionalism and surrogate support
However some Canadian agencies do not cap the number of IPs they will accept each year and with increased demand the availability of surrogates can’t keep up.
Other Canadian agencies do cap the number of intended parents they take, and are not reporting the same supply/demand problems.
Wait times for surrogates can range from 6-12 months depending on the provider used. This is inherent in an altruistic model and intended parents looking at Canada need to understand these limitations
Not uncommonly intended parents using the largest egg donor and surrogacy providers are reporting
This reflects on the availability of appropriate donors and surrogates
Canadian NICU Costs
Depending on care needed this can range from $1,500-8,000/day for a singleton and $3,000-15,000/day for twins.
INSURANCE – no more freeloading
In the past, Canadian hospitals in some provinces were picking up the costs for NICU costs for many foreigners.
That has now changed. ALL hospitals are now billing for newborn medical costs.
– Carefully read the policy inclusions
– Research private insurance options in your own country.
– Establish if your employer provides insurance for dependents born abroad
– Have additional funds available in case of medical bills.
Several foreign IPs in recent months had medical bills exceeding $120,000.
Note that most intended parents will have a positive/successful experience with hospital bills under $3,000