The medicine creek, located in southern California, has seen a surge in fertility treatments since the drug war began in earnest in the 1970s.
Now the area is on track to become the nation’s top-fertility-friendly area, according to the latest Census data.
The county has seen an increase of about 1,000 new births annually since the recession ended.
It’s also home to the largest population of fertility clinics in the nation.
“It’s a really beautiful and peaceful place, and I think that’s one of the reasons it’s such a good place for us to stay,” said Dr. John J. Stinson, chief executive officer of the Doctors Hospital of the University of California at Davis.
The medical center is in a part of the county where, until recently, fertility clinics had little or no presence.
But a surge of new doctors has pushed up the demand for fertility drugs, and there are more clinics in other parts of the state.
“There’s been a lot of growth in fertility clinics since the financial crisis, and they’ve seen that, and that’s what’s happening,” Stinson said.
“The need has exploded.”
That growth has also brought with it a sharp increase in costs, which have been spiraling out of control.
The price of a monthly average dose of an IVF drug rose to $1,972 in 2016 from about $3,600 before the recession.
That’s up more than 50 percent from $1 in 2009, according the latest figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“We’re not seeing a huge improvement in our patient care, our quality of care, and the quality of outcomes,” said Mary Kay Boudreau, a senior analyst with the consulting firm Ovarian Technology Group.
“I think there’s an increasing perception that it’s the cost of being a provider that’s driving the growth, not the quality.”
But in some areas, like Malibu, doctors are making more money from patients’ eggs than they are from their own.
The trend is especially dramatic in the affluent area.
“If you’re in a high-cost area like Malabar, you’re seeing more patients with infertility, which you might expect from a lot more resources,” Boudaber said.
In Malibu alone, fertility treatments have cost more than $1 billion, according a report by Ovarian Technologies.
The number of doctors in the area has more than doubled in the last three years.
At one clinic, a few dozen doctors now fill the clinic’s waiting room, often on weekends and evenings, said Dr