Quality has to do with success, and in Greece it’s high, there’s a lot of reason why. I’m not going to go through all of them individually but what I have to say is that, of course, the success of one of the factors that would bring more patients in, most of us and including Embryoclinic, we do fight very hard to increase the success rates. How do we manage that, of course by doing a little bit more investigations than the standard ones, and so f. e. we do have the karyotype testing as a standard before we will proceed to IVF for anyone using genetic material. The chance of having a karyotype anomaly is not very high in the general population but please remember that we’re dealing with a selected population because most of our patients coming into Greece from abroad had tried locally. We’re talking about the high-risk population to be suffering from an unknown or non diagnosed paragon effect.
We do investigate thyroid disorders something I do know that the overall incidence of asymptomatic thyroid disease is very low however again in the select group of patients who have failed a number of times the overall incidence of thyroid disease even asymptomatic could be as high as 10 or 15%, so by treating simply the thyroid increases the chance of pregnancy. This is only an example, there are a lot more examples of how we do insist on some standard investigation. We don’t go very far, and we don’t go very deep into investigating however eliminating any uterine factors or any basic hormonal defects may make a difference, and we are trying to optimize. The point I would like to make here is in the individualization. I think this is the way forward for medicine overall. I absolutely believe that there’s no one-size-fits-all, so a 37-year-old woman undergoing IVF was probably 60 kilos in weight, is not the same with the one sitting next to her in the waiting area, so we are trying to individualize as much as we can, and in my opinion, this is the future of medicine, trying to identify individually, what is the right optimum management and care for each one of our patients. The last factor is perhaps the experience factor.
Most of the medical directors here in Greece like myself, we do wear our blues in a theatre all day, we do a lot of managerial work, we do some scientific work, we are involved in the overall administration of the unit, but we also see patients and treat them. We have our differences, and ultimately it’s our responsibility that our patients receive the best care. I think that having the most experienced person in the unit, performing some procedures and especially in those difficult, complex international patient’s that are visiting us, I think it’s of great importance in order to achieve the goal of safety and quality.
Lastly, here in Greece and definitely at Embryoclinic, I devote a lot of time on the experience of our patients, for us successful outcome is not just achieving the goal of a single healthy pregnancy, hopefully, the first time around but also to have a very positive experience, I mean I can just mention that we had the accepting patients since the middle of March however the national team was very busy communicating, connecting, supporting and advising numerous international patients all over the world in order to have been ready, alert and prepared for the next step, for the time when it’s right for them to travel.