19.09.2015

Having a baby in the us

Women with insurance pay out of pocket an average of $3,400, according to a survey by Childbirth Connection, one of the groups behind the maternity costs report.
But the piece, which details the ridiculous costs associated with pregnancy and delivery in this country, could only get a nod out of me. The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section, with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866, the report found.
Two decades ago, women typically paid nothing other than a small fee if they opted for a private hospital room or television.
Five years ago, when I had my first child, the only thing my husband and I paid for was the television in my semiprivate room.


What we later found out is that although the hospital we chose was in-network, some of the physicians that work in the hospital we chose that is in-network are not in-network. Because there in my purse, sitting on my lap as I read the story on the subway this morning, was my pile of bills, many of them still unopened, from the birth of my third son in March. All of my labors were induced, but the third time around, before the nurse could even hook me up to the Pitocin drip, we were hit with a $2,500 charge.
But I’ve been commuting to and from work for over a month with these bills in my purse, and they keep being there, in my purse, not going away. After reading the Times story this morning, the takeaway for my personal situation is that there’s no getting around this.


And then she very nicely explained to me that, while my plan covers 90 percent of costs (and I’m on the hook for the other 10 percent), if any of the doctors who cared for my son were out-of-network, I would have to pay more.



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