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How Much to Deliver a Baby? Charges Vary Widely by Hospital
Kaiser Health News Link to more items from this source
Jan. 16, 2014
"Comparing nearly 110,000 uncomplicated births and Caesarean sections, researchers found the lowest charge for a vaginal birth involving an average woman was $3,296, while the highest was $37,227. For an uncomplicated Caesarean delivery, the lowest charge was about $8,312, while the highest was $70,908.... The researchers found that hospitals charged more if they were located in areas with a higher cost of living, treated sicker populations or were for-profit institutions. But the differences in hospital characteristics only explained about a third of the difference in the charges[.]"

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