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"One in six Pregnant Women Delivering in a U.S. Hospital may see a big Bill, Even With Insurance"

Reuters Health interviewed Dr. Jack Needleman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, about research that found mean out-of-pocket spending for maternal and newborn hospitalizations among privately insured families was $3,068, and spending was greater than $5,000 for one in six deliveries

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Friday, June 18, 2021
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For as many as one in six families who have private health insurance, there can be sticker shock when they see their portion of the bill for a hospital delivery, a U.S. study finds.

Mean out-of-pocket spending for maternal and newborn hospitalizations among privately insured families was $3,068, the study found, and spending was greater than $5,000 for one in six deliveries. The tab can exceed $10,000 if the newborn needs to be cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to the report published in Pediatrics.

"Even if the patient is insured they are not necessarily protected from all the costs of childhood-related hospitalization, including delivery for the mom and hospitalization for the newborn," said the study's lead author, Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, an assistant professor of pediatrics Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

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