(Closed) Spinoff: Which is more expensive? C section or Vaginal?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would think that csection would be more because its a longer hospital stay and you’re paying for the OR staff in addition to the OB or midwife and nurses. For instance, my hospital bills are for the procedure and for the person administering it. So I’ll have an invoice for the actual ultrasound I received and then a seperate invoice for the technician who performed the ultrasound. (All of which is covered, but it’s broken down this way on the invoices). 

I’m assuming for the birth, I’ll have an invoice for being admitted to the hospital, for what is performed there and then invoices for the staff that did each procedure. Again, with insurance, I only pay my deductible but I’m assuming I’ll see invoices for everything.

Post # 4
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

The only way I could see this being true is if you had to use Out-of-network doctors/nurses becasue of who happened to be on staff during your vaginal birth vs a planned c section in which case you would obviously use in-network staff. A lot of people get a nasty surprise when it turns out the anesthesiologist who administered their epidural was not a participant in their plan.

In general I think your coworker is making stuff up.

Post # 5
4144 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m in the UK so I get my healthcare on the NHS. But this is what I’ve heard…

They’ve just announced that they want to start allowing women to have elective c sections on the NHS as the price difference is now minimal (only those with private insurance are allowed at the moment).  However, the actual cost of a natural birth is still cheaper.  And remember that a c section is still major surgery, I’ve heard horror stories of women who’ve been unable to nurse they’re newborn after a c section.

Post # 6
5762 posts
Bee Keeper

I would think that any time they acually CUT you, the price increases exponentially. Way more expenses involved, so I really can’t imagine a Csection being less money. You also have to stay in the hospital longer, increasing room expenses and all supplies.

Post # 7
2821 posts
Sugar bee

Where I am C-section is more even if you labor for awhile.  I don’t know how many days laboring in the hospital for it to make up the difference but I’d say that’s pretty rare since most of early labor can be done at home or most women would either go home or take pitocin at that point.

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