Pregaining from a pre-natal infection?
Don’t feel bad for them.
A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation says the typical cost of treating an infection before delivery is nearly double the national average for a woman who delivered in a hospital.
“In the last decade, the number of births in the U.S. has grown by nearly 1 million, and birth costs have doubled, according to a new report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation,” the Kaiser report said.
“These rising costs could be a factor in why some women have difficulty paying for birth.”
So how does a woman pay for a baby’s first month in the world?
The typical price for childbirth in the United States is $2,700 per day.
The average price of childbirth in Canada is $1,400 per day, and the average price in Australia is $800 per day according to the report.
The price of an infant is typically around $1.20 per day and the cost for a first-born is around $600 per day in the US.
“Pregnant mothers in the country are often denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions or lack of insurance coverage, the report said, noting that they often have to pay the full cost of care before being able to pay for their children’s birth.”
A woman with pre-term labor is particularly vulnerable to this cost, as many birth mothers in this situation are in need of medical care because of preeclampsia or low blood pressure, according the report.
“The report also said that the majority of babies born in the USA are born to women who have already given birth and are not eligible for health insurance.”
The report notes that in some states, pre-birth maternal mortality rates exceed 100 percent, and that in many of the states where pre- birth maternal mortality is high, the mother is not eligible to receive any health insurance,” the report stated.
The cost of caring for a preemie is a major factor in the cost, with the report saying that many preemies are diagnosed with preterm labor or a low birth weight, which can be life-threatening.”
Even when they are fully healthy, preemies have a much higher risk of serious and potentially fatal complications such as hypertension, asthma, heart disease and stroke,” the study stated.
In Canada, the average cost for preemys birth is $9,600 per week, but in the UK, the costs are around $2.50 per day per week.