Your Money: A Baby or Your Money Back

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After several miscarriages, the Chamberses took their doctors up on an offer to hand over $50,000 — $20,000 more than what they might have paid for the in vitro fertilization and other services that they needed at the time.

After several miscarriages, the Chamberses took their doctors up on an offer to hand over $50,000 — $20,000 more than what they might have paid for the in vitro fertilization and other services that they needed at the time. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
Your Money Column
By RON LIEBER
In the high-stakes casino of fertility treatment, some pay large sums upfront for the promise of a baby — or a refund. Doctors tend to pick patients with the best odds of success.
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