How do you feel about having to pay a hospital for birthing a child??

@peanutjar (5211)
Canada
January 15, 2008 4:25pm CST
There are many hospitals that charge people for delivering a baby some where around $30,000.00 or more,including all of the expenses from doctor visit check-ups,etc.Alot of people do not have a coverage plan,etc,so they have to pay from their pockets.How do you feel about this?If you have a child,did you have to pay the hospital for the delivery?We are lucky to live in a country that does not charge for this,it is covered by the governments medicare/health system.I dont not know what i would of done,if i had to pay,i think i would be in debt for a long time.
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@nichole1983 (1187)
• Canada
15 Jan 08
I live in Manitoba, Canada. We do not have to pay for giving birth to a child. Thank god. I don't think its right for the gorvernment to charge for such a dumb service. But if you live in a country that charges this amount of money if you don't have this amount I suggest you not to have kids if you can't afford it.
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
15 Jan 08
Yes i too live in canada and i never thought we or "anyone" would have to pay for this,until a friend told me,shes from the u.s.a.She had to pay the hospital there.We are lucky in canada that the health system here in canada covers it,but for some/alot do have to pay and keep on pating long after the birth like 20 years or so.Depending how they took a payment paper out.:( Peanutjar:)
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I would not call it a "dumb service" the medical profession and the hospital deserves to be paid for their service and supplies. while the amount mentioned seems exorbitant, consider the amount of care those twins received. intensive, how can it be considered dumb? a major surgery also is a necessity at times and not dumb. I would not want socialized medicine though, I would not trust it.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
16 Jan 08
When we found out my wife ( then girlfriend )was pregnant we got married quick so I could get her on my insurance. Those hospital bills would have killed us otherwise. It's insane how much they charge.
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@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
wow! thats a lot! here in the philippines, we have the old culture where we give birth at home, midwife will be assisting you, we have public health centers where there are resident doctors who takes care of the health needs and the baby and all you to do is give out donations. there are also small lying in and medical clinics owned by OB-GYNE with resident doctor and thay dont charge that much, maybe a $100 or less for normal delivery, they will know if you need to have CS so they will refer you to cheaper and public hospitals. some private hospitals here offers package deals, you pay &150 for normal delivery and &200 for CS. You just need to follow their rules, show up when youre scheduled for chedk up, donate blood where you get a reimbursement when you give birth, plus enjoy the benefits like other patients who wanted to give birth with their own doctors. Same benefits with different rates. there are some rich people who would want to have their private OB help them when they deliver the baby. You just need to show up whatever your schedule appointment, if not it will forfeit your package deal and will pay their normal rates which is like $500 up. you have options, i myself enrolled in the package deal but wasnt able to use it because i didnt know im on labor already and gave birth in the house instead.
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@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
16 Jan 08
If I am not mistaken, there is no such charge to pay a government hospital for a birthing a child. But for the private hospital and specialist hospital, there will be a huge charge for this thing. I personally think the huge charge which we have to pay for birthing is too much because I am sure the pain for the delivery are always the same everywhere. Unless if the charge is for the delivery without any pain at all to the mother.
@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
16 Jan 08
Sorry, forgot to mentioned that this is a case in my country.
• India
3 Feb 08
i know for sure, that medical systems in western coutries are really exploiting the people. really i have started taking my lessons for medical transcriptions recently and my beliefs have been confirmed here in india, the normal deliver costs around say Rs 10000. i.e. $3oo !!!!! the abnormal delivery should cost say $ 500. here in india the medical treatment in government hospitals is almost free. that is the reason people from western coutries are coming here to india, for medical vacations , to get the cheaper medical treatment. why such a big difference. so many legal actions against the doctors and medical coms when something goes wrong.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I think American Medical bills are Ridiculoussssssss. A few years ago my mom had slight chest pains, and called our doctor. He suggested that she go to th ER just to make sure there was no potential heart attack or anything. The hospital made he stay for observation for an entire day, but it turned out that nothing what so ever was wrong with her. For just staying and sitting around in the hospital that day, my mom was charged $5,500. OMG! WTF, right? where as my grandma in Japan had to stay at a hospital for 2 months for a slow recovery from a broken bone & surgery complications for and equivalent of $700 for the entire stay!
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
I live in Canada and we have provincial coverage. We never have to pay for a medical doctor or a stay at the hospital, so it doesn't cost anything to have a baby. I can't imagine having to pay such an expense for anything. I wouldn't be able to get proper medical care let alone have a baby. I feel sorry for the people who have to pay, it could take them their whole lives to pay for it. I don't think that's fair.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
19 Jan 08
Hi, In our place India the world's second populated country, here there are various types of hospitals and the charges also vary hospital to hospital. It is the government hospitals that charge less. The labour charge also varies accordingly. So according the financial condition one has here will opt hospitals accordingly, also the facilities also varies according the payments.
@Haiden123 (128)
• Canada
16 Jan 08
I think its just BS!
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Jan 08
well yeah thats true giving birth now a days is very costly...it is the same in our place we have to pay for it in our pockets..the costs varies if you like to give birth in a private or govt. hospital..
@SViswan (12072)
• India
16 Jan 08
We have to pay for birthing to all the private hospitals. I think the government hospitals are free but usually it's the people in the lower income group that go there and the facilities are less. But each private hospital has a different charge and you can choose one that suits your budget. In one of the big hospitals in my area, there are different birthing packages depending on your budget and needs. In Kuwait, (where I lived most of my life), the charge is covered by the government. I'm not sure how it is now...it's been 9 years since I've left. But in India, most of us are prepared to pay for birthing and check out hospitals and doctors based on our needs.
@fianne (1059)
• United States
16 Jan 08
wow... i was saving money for my delivery. my doctor and i thought that i will deliver normally because i don't have any problems with my pregnancy and my son's position is ok. i was in labor room and already 7-8cm but my son stayed only in that cm for like 30minutes and his heartbeat is already rising to 180-200 beats per minute so my doctor decided to have me operated and deliver via caesarian section. i paid 60,000pesos for 3days and i only had 20,000pesos. i stayed in the hospital for 5days instead of 3days because my parents and boyfriend looked for money... so until now i am still in debt.
@alfira (27)
• Indonesia
16 Jan 08
It's still a huge money for get a child birthing, I think my self will have a big problem if I face that such situation
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I have health insurance, thank God, so my hospital birth was covered to the last penny. Honestly though, I cannot imagine anyone having to pay what you just quoted for a birth. I think the hospital would expect you to negotiate this down considerably, and then work out a payment plan.