“The cost of our baby’s birth (C-section) in the US,” the dad, user TheOnlyToast, wrote on his original Reddit post featuring a color-coded graph breaking down the costs in each category: medications, blood and lab work, hospital fees, and doctor fees.
On a subreddit titled “Data Is Beautiful,” one dad shared some – in our opinion – not-so-beautiful data breaking down the cost of his baby’s birth via C-section from the hospital bill they received. The bill, which shares the full cost of the visit without any consideration to insurance coverage, comes from his and his wife’s five-night, six-day stay in the hospital with their new baby.
He added in the comments: “To clarify, this is the total bill from the hospital submitted to my insurance company. Not my actual ‘cost’ of the birth. .. The total bill from the hospital, submitted to insurance, is $41,158.50. I’m not even sure what some of the charges are, like ‘PT Convenience’ or ‘Nursing.’
Also, we were in the ‘Recovery Room’ (which was just a bed behind a curtain in an open floor setting) for three hours and billed nearly $3,000 USD.. . I am not sure how much will be needed out of pocket.”
Needless to say, the dad’s graph is eliciting several reactions from other Reddit users regarding the cost of such a common surgery, one noting that it may have taken them a full year to pay off their own bill, but they now proudly own their daughter “outright.” So that’s something. . .
“I don’t think we can do that sir. .. ” L-O-L.
Rub it in, why don’t ya?
Moral of the story: we all need to move to Norway to have our $40,000 babies. Or Japan, or Germany.