Woman Shares Shocking Medical Bill For Having A Baby In United States
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A woman has revealed that it can cost $69,000 (£49,459) to have a baby in the United States without health insurance.
While in the UK the cost of any medical procedure, whether it's a couple of stiches or a serious operation, is covered through taxes, in the US people either have to have medical insurance or pay up front.
And in a video posted to TikTok, a woman going by the handle @yorkshirepeach explained how the bill for giving birth can really mount up.
She says: "A lot of people say, 'Well, how much does it cost to have a baby in the States?'"
Pointing to a list of costs, she explains: "Well, this is without insurance, with insurance I think it probably pays at about 80/20 is the usual insurance plan, meaning the insurance pays 80 percent and you pay 20 percent.
"But what the pharmaceutical companies and hospitals do is jack up the prices, so that 20 percent goes higher and higher.
"So here, as you can see, a semi-private room, meaning you're sharing a room, it costs $25,000 there, and then another $26,000 for the actual delivery room, where you go back and have the baby.
"And then the other little bits and bobs that you need coming in at $69,000. Yeah."
Since it was posted, the video has been viewed thousands of times, with people stunned by the cost.
Commenting on the video, one user said: "Forever grateful for the NHS."
Another chimed in: "That's not a hospital, that's a business."
A third said: "That's the price of a two room flat in some parts of the world."
While another added: "Unbelievable. The medical industry has got the US govt in its pocket."
On the topic of babies, a mum recently gave birth to an infant believed to be the second biggest baby girl ever born in the UK, weighing in at an eye-watering 12lb 14oz.
When first time mum Amber Cumberland, 21, was pregnant with baby Emilia, her bump was so large that doctors thought she was carrying a secret twin.
But all became clear when she gave birth to her 12lb 4oz daughter on 16 April, with Emilia thought to be the second biggest baby girl in the UK - after a record-breaking baby born in 2012, who weighed 14lb 4oz.
Amber, from Aston in Oxfordshire, said: "Doctors thought it was twins during pregnancy because she was so big, even though we could only see one on the ultrasounds.
"We heard it so much we actually started to believe there was another one hiding in there."