Buyers in the Baby Market: Toward a Transparent Consumerism

37 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2016

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June Carbone

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Jody Lynee Madeira

Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington

Date Written: April 28, 2016

Abstract

This Article assesses the forces on the horizon remaking the fertility industry, including greater consolidation in the health care industry, the prospects for expanding (or contracting) insurance coverage, the likely sources of funding for future innovation in the industry, and the impact of globalization and fertility tourism. It concludes that concentration in the American market, in contrast with other medical services, may not necessarily raise prices, and price differentiation may proceed more from fertility tourism than from competition within a single geographic region. The largest challenge may be linking those who would fund innovation, whether innovation that produces new high cost products or innovations making fertility services more accessible and affordable, with the constantly shifting market niches of a globalized era.

Keywords: Bioethics, fertility, assisted reproduction, consumer protection, globalization, fertilty tourism, in vitro fertilization

Suggested Citation

Carbone, June and Madeira, Jody Lynee, Buyers in the Baby Market: Toward a Transparent Consumerism (April 28, 2016). Washington Law Review, Vol. 91, 2016; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772064

June Carbone (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )

229-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Jody Lynee Madeira

Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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