Post # 1
THis is spinoff from the thread about the cost of hospital birth. I noticed a few posters saying they had a straigh forward vaginal birth and still paid over 20k… A colleague of mine was saying that vaginal births especially with no pitocin can sometimes be more expensive than a scheduled c-section because the hospital staff have to wait around for labor to progress on its own whereas a scheduled c-section can be down at their convenience and takes less than an hour?
Is this true? If anyone has had a vaginal birth with no meds, and then also had c-section did you find the c-section to be less expensive or is my co-worker making stuff up?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.