In-vitro fertilization in the United States can cost infertile couples tens of thousands of dollars. If couples look overseas for a surrogate mother, they would only have to spend a fraction of that. In India, a surrogate pregnancy costs just $6000. For the average working person in India, it would take 10 years to earn the equivalent of $6000.
There are 600 IVF clinics in India and they bring roughly $400 million dollars a year into the local economy.
The Christian Science Monitor reported last year that 75% of the clients at Kaival Hospital in Anand are foreigners from the UK, the US, Japan and Southeast Asia.