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How much does Stem Cell Storage Cost in South Africa?

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This post was sponsored by Salveo – Stem Cell Storage Cost in South Africa.

Planning to have a baby or thinking about storing your baby’s stem cells but have no idea as to how much it costs? Don’t worry, this post has you covered.

I have already done a few posts about stem cell storage, and the reasons as to why we chose to store our baby’s stem cells. I do however remember the first time that I came across a stem cell’s stand at the baby expo… the price freaked me out a bit and that was one of the reasons that I walked away as quickly as possible.

I knew that it was out of my budget.

I kept asking myself if this is something that is really important and if it is, why aren’t there payment plans/discounts? The great news is there is, you just have to look for it.

I have chatted with hundreds of moms who would have loved to store their baby’s stem cells but were scared away by the pricing.

I think that as a first-time parent interested in doing this procedure, it is important for you to do a lot of research before making that final decision.

Research is the reason that I stored my baby’s stem cells and no, I don’t regret my decision. I just wish that it was more successful. I will chat about that in my next post.

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Stem cells should be called master cells as they can replicate, regenerate, and differentiate themselves into any one of 220 different specialised cells in the body. These cells are used to treat over 80 potentially life-threatening blood-related diseases including leukaemia, lymphoma and bone marrow failures.

Your best place to start researching stem cells and pricing is with Salveo and Cryo-Save. Their websites are very informative and they have friendly staff available to help you with any questions you might have.

How much does stem cell storage cost in South Africa:

stem cell costs

This is a rough calculation of how much it might cost you in 2017. (Prices may change)

Payment in 3 legs – collection fee + processing fee + annual storage fee:

You have 3 storage options:

Local storage:

Processing, cryopreservation and 20-year storage at the AABB accredited Cryo-Save Laboratory in SA.

Product:

Salveo

Cord blood only

Collection Fee(Prepaid) R 2 500,00

Processing Fee (Prepaid or interest-free payment plans) R 12 400,00

Storage Fee (Prepaid or annual payment) R 300 per year for 20 years, with annual cost escalations.

Cord Blood & Cord Tissue

Collection Fee (Prepaid) R 2 500,00

Processing Fee (Prepaid or interest-free payment plans) R 17 500,00

Storage Fee (Prepaid or annual payment) R 300 per year for 20 years, with annual cost escalations.

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Product:

Cryo-Save

Cord Blood & Cord Tissue

Collection Fee (Prepaid) R 3 800,00

Processing Fee (Prepaid or interest-free payment plans) R 19 600,00

Storage Fee (Prepaid or annual payment) R 300 per year for 20 years, with annual cost escalations.

International storage:

Processing and cryopreservation at the AABB accredited Cryo-Save Laboratory in SA

20-year storage at the Cryo-Save flagship laboratory in Switzerland.

Cord Blood & Cord Tissue

Collection Fee (Prepaid) R 6 500,00

Processing Fee (Prepaid or interest-free payment plans) R 19 600,00

Storage Fee (Prepaid or annual payment) R 550 per year for 20 years, with annual cost escalations.

stem cell storage cost

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Dual storage:

Processing and cryopreservation at the AABB accredited Cryo-Save Laboratory in SA.

20-year storage at the Cryo-Save flagship laboratory in Switzerland and the Cryo-Save laboratory in SA.

Cord Blood & Cord Tissue

Collection Fee (Prepaid) R 6 500,00

Processing Fee (Prepaid or interest-free payment plans) R 19 600,00

Storage Fee (Prepaid or annual payment) R 750 per year for 20 years, with annual cost escalations.

  • A monthly collection fee of R57 will be charged on all debit orders. This amount is to be added to the premium and total over the term.
  • A once-off administration fee of R570 will be charged for all payment plan options.

Salveo offers the most affordable umbilical stem cell storage option in South Africa for you!

  • Customisable payment plans over 12, 24 and 60 months.
  • Discounts applicable to specific medical aid members and groups associated with our partners.
  • Options to store cord blood only, or a combination of cord blood and tissue.

To find out more about pricing, visit https://ecsbio.com/pricing-options/

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