So, Just How Much Does it Cost to Give Birth Without Insurance?

A lot.

Before I begin, I need to state that this bill probably is not complete. I just received the raw version yesterday, and based on the past 9 months, almost certainly missing charges from other departments at the hospital. I’ll update it as it comes in.

This blog post is probably going to be long. I am going to break down every part of this, and eventually setup a meeting with the hospital to learn more.

So today was the day I’ve been dreading since Lisa showed me the equals sign on the stick. We received the bill for the birth. Without further ado, hurr it is:

Bill 1, Page 1/1 (Baby’s Charges)

Birth Bill for Baby

Birth Bill for Baby (Click to enlarge)

Bill 2, Page 1/2 (Lisa’s Charges)

Birth Bill for Lisa 1/2

Birth Bill for Lisa 1/2 (Click to enlarge)

Bill 2, Page 2/2 (Lisa’s Charges cont.)

Birth Bill for Lisa 2/2

Birth Bill for Lisa 2/2 (Click to enlarge)

So let’s add it all up!

Baby’s charges: $2,407.03
Lisa’s charges: $6,735.88
Grand total: $9,142.91

Officially the largest bill I’ve received for anything in my life. I had to stare at it for a while before it sank in that my debt had increased by nearly 5 figures.

Now let’s break this thing down.

Bill 1, Page 1/1 (Baby’s Charges)

*** 170 NURSERY GENERAL ***
03/24/13 NURSERY; ROOM 130/Y [1] $1459.00

Looks like it’s baby’s rate for the night. Expensive hotel.

*** 300 LABORATORY GENERAL ***
03/25/13 VENIPUNCTURE [1] $13.50

No idea what this is.

*** 301 LABORATORY CHEMISTRY ***
03/24/13 CAPPILARY GASES [1] $149.50
03/25/13 NEWBORN SCREENING [1] $343.28
TOTAL: $492.78

No idea what cappilary gases are. Newborn screening was the look over and physical to make sure all systems were go, or something like that.

*** 305 LAB HEMATOLOGY ***
03/25/13 CBC-A [1] $66.50

No idea.

*** 309 LAB OTHER ***
03/24/13 ACCU CHECK-OB [2] $30

I haven’t a clue.

*** 470 AUDIOLOGY GENERAL ***
03/25/13 NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING [1] $319.25

An expensive way to find out if your baby can hear!

*** 636 DRUG SPEC ID DETAIL CODING ***
03/24/13 PHYTONADIONE 1MG/0.5ML PFS; [1] $16.00
PHYTONADIONE 1 MG/0.5 ML SYR

*** 637 DRUGS SELF ADMINSTRABLE ***
03/24/13 ERYTHROMYCIN 0.5% OPHTH OINT; [1] $10.00
ERYTHROMYCIN 0.5% OPHTH OINT

I’m not 100% what these drug charges were.

GRAND TOTAL: $2407.03

So the little guy end up costing us a pretty decent chunk of change.

Now let’s have a look at Lisa’s bill.

Bill 2, Page 1/2 (Lisa’s Charges)

*** 122 SEMI-PRIVATE OB ***
03/24/13 SEMI PRIV-OB; ROOM 123/SOB [1] $1459.00

Same rate as the baby. So that makes it $2,918 per night… and there wasn’t even a jacuzzi.

*** 250 PHARMACY GENERAL ***
03/25/13 LIDOCAINE 1% MDV 50ML; LIDOCAINE 1% (10MG/ML) MDV 50 ML [1] $9.50

No idea.

*** 258 PHARMACY IV SOLUTIONS ***
03/24/13 LACT RINGERS 1000 CC [1] $80.00

I guess this was her IV bag they setup when Lisa started puking.

*** 272 M/S SUPPLY STERILE SUPPLY ***
03/24/13 AMNISURE KIT [1] $70.00

I know this one! This is the test they use to ensure your water broke.

*** 300 LABORATORY GENERAL ***
03/24/13 VENIPUNCTURE [1] $13.50
03/25/13 VENIPUNCTURE [1] $13.50
TOTAL: $27.00

Maybe putting the IV in? Idk.

*** 302 LABORATORY IMMUNOLOGY ***
03/24/13 BLOOD TYPING ABO [1] $35.91
03/24/13 COOMBS INDIRECT [1] $40.00
TOTAL: $75.91

Haven’t a clue.

*** 305 LAB HEMATOLOGY ***
03/24/13 CBC-A [1] $66.50
03/25/13 HEMOGLOBIN [1] $27.50
TOTAL: $94

Beats me.

*** 307 LAB UROLOGY ***
03/24/13 URINALYSIS [1] $38.80

They had to test her urine when she came in.

*** 636 DRUG SPEC ID DETAILS CODING ***
03/24/13 PITOCIN 10UNIT/ML SDV 1 ML; PITOCIN 10UNIT/ML SDV [2] $30

Now this created a pause for us. Lisa did not request Pitocin, nor did she want it, nor did anyone ask or say they were administering it.

*** 637 DRUGS SELF ADMINSTRABLE ***
03/24/13 SENNA/DOCUSATE 8.6/50 MG TAB [2] $6.00
03/24/13 ZOLPIDEM 5 MG TAB [2] $38.00
03/24/13 ACETAMINOPHEN 325 MG TAB [2] $6.00
03/25/13 ACETAMINOPHEN 325 MG TAB [2] $6.00
03/25/13 SENNA/DOCUSATE 8.6/50 MG TAB [2] $6.00
03/25/13 SENNA/DOCUSATE 8.6/50 MG TAB [-2] -$6.00
03/25/13 ACETAMINOPHEN 325 MG TAB [2] $6.00
TOTAL: $62.00

$6 for 650 MG worth of Tylenol, geez. We could have walked down the hall to the pharmacy and bought an entire bottle for less. The Zolpidem was Ambien was directed by the doctor when Lisa arrived in early labor.

*** 720 LABOR RM/DEL GENERAL ***
03/24/13 DELIVERY/BIRTHING RM [1] $2237.67

Ouch, that’s a big one. The charge for delivering the little guy, I guess.

*** 721 LABOR RM/DEL LABOR ***
03/24/13 LABOR ROOM EACH 1/2 HOUR [22] $2552.00

Okay, now this is one we both just don’t understand. We’re already charged damn near $3k to have the OB room, and now we’re charged extra for every half hour Lisa was in labor? Why did no one tell us this? We went in as soon as we thought we should, but had we known this charge would be here, we would have waited longer. I just really don’t understand this. It’s not like Lisa was given extra attention during this time until the last couple of hours. In fact, for the first 5 hours she laid in bed and the only people in the room was her and I.

So this means we were charged not only $3,000 for the OB unit, but also $232 / hour for every hour Lisa was in labor. And yes, she was “in labor” for just about 11 hours.

GRAND TOTAL: $6735.88

Meh, nothing to say I guess.

I should note that the total amount for everything that I mentioned above doesn’t include the 20% discount that was given to us. I assume we will be receiving it, even though it doesn’t show on these detailed bills. So if that’s the case, it brings the cost down to:

Visit Summary
Charges: $9,142.91
20% Charity Adjustment: -$1,828.58
Grand Total: $7,314.33

So, a bit better, but still going to take a while to pay off.

And if we include the running total from everything we’ve received thus far, we get:

Running Total
Appointments: 17
Charges: $12,638.31
20% Charity Adjustment: -$2,527.66
Grand Total: $10,110.65

So how much does it cost to have a kid without insurance? According to my experience, just about $12,638.31.

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