Monday, October 03, 2011

Can you trust an IVF clinic's website ?

Most IVF clinics have their own websites these days. This can be very useful for patients , because it allows them to find the information they require about the IVF clinic before actually visiting the clinic itself. However, having so many websites generates a lot of confusion as well. Most websites look very similar - and a lot of them provide exactly the same information. How can the patient trust what information is provided on the website ?

Let’s not forget that websites are created by the clinics to market themselves. They're all full of success stories - but what about the failures? It's hard to trust everything you read on a website , and that's why it's so important to verify everything independently.

Actually , you need to use exactly the same common sense principles which you would in real life as well. Just like you would not blindly trust an ad in the newspaper or buy a television set from the first electronic store you go into , you need to do exactly the same kind of home work when you're selecting an IVF clinic online. While websites can provide a lot of useful information , you need to take them with a pinch of salt and use your own judgment.

You can do a simple test to see how responsive the clinic . Contact them by e-mail through their website. A good clinic is patient centric and will respond promptly to your queries , because they value you as a patient. However, if the clinic cannot be bothered to respond to your queries, this most probably suggests that their service leaves a lot to be desired !

Just like a real world reputation is not always reliable or a good guide, the clinic's website is just a part of the story. It's up to you to fill in the details before making such an important decision. The good news is that the clinic website makes your life a lot easier !

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