"American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World
" (NY Times)
Wow, according to this article giving birth in the U.S. is 2-3x more expensive than in other countries (2012 average of ~$10,000 for conventional delivery and ~$15,000 for C-section) and women tend to be discharged as quickly as possible since insurance only pays for the bare minimum hospital stay.
I'm just a student (so no experience with how insurance or lack thereof affects care in a hospital setting) but I'm wondering: what happens when someone going into labor has no insurance at all? I know Medicaid kicks in at some point, but the article mentioned that "many doctors refuse to take patients covered under the program." That doesn't seem particularly ethical to me but is that a common occurrence in hospitals? Could an uninsured woman actually in labor
be turned away for lack of insurance? I apologize for my ignorance, I'm just really curious as to how this works.
Jul 3, '13
Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on Jul 3, '13
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