High Cost of Labor & Delivery

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Registered: 07-05-2005
High Cost of Labor & Delivery
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 12:18pm

Rosenthal wrote a lengthly, excellent article for the Times last month detailing the extremely high costs of giving birth in the United States compared with most other developed countries.

The $15,000 figure comes from estimates of how much one would have to pay to deliver in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son on Monday. This is expensive for the United Kingdom, but, here in the United States, it would actually be a pretty great deal!

“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,” Rosenthal reported, “with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866.” That data comes from a Truven Analytics report that recently looked at the high cost of pregnancy in the United States.


Wow!  It is crazy how much more we pay in the United States.  Have you done any research on how much you'll be paying for delivery? I'm wondering how much it varies around the country...

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Thu, 08-01-2013 - 12:50pm

I'm estimating that we'll be paying about $2500 out of pocket for my uncomplicated vaginal delivery.  That's after insurance- and we have pretty darn good insurance too! 

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Sun, 08-04-2013 - 2:19pm