Well we are finally starting to see some US perspectives to the recent royal birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s baby. Earlier today, New York Times Correspondent, Elisabeth Rosenthal tweeted this:
It does open up room for debate as to charges related to having a baby in the United States. In a piece reacting to that tweet, The Week dug into the reasons behind the differentials in an article published this afternoon.
In sum, it comes down to the way pregnancies are billed. The UK has a flat fee where in America, every pill, anesthesiologist, neonatal nurse, pillow, Vitamin K shot, epidural, monitor usage and even TV access is billed individually and those costs are easy to add up as each pregnancy is different. Not to mention, some costs are most likely artificially inflated to offset administrative costs and other non-health care related expense.
A chart that accompanied the piece revealed how stark the price difference is in the US compared to other “developed” nations:
It speaks volumes as we are undergoing continuous debate over healthcare costs in America. We are also in the wake to the implementation and roll out of the Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act healthcare overhaul law.
Everyone should be doing their own individual research now to see how health costs will affect their lives now and in the future, especially those who are currently expecting or trying to conceive.
Parents’ portion of the bill, premium costs may fluctuate up or down in coming months.
Better to be knowledgeable than caught off guard and with a major bill!