Giving birth costs a lot. Hospitals won’t tell you how much.

Giving birth costs a lot. Hospitals won’t tell you how much.


That’s my wife. And she’s pregnant.When
you have a baby, there are lots of costs to consider. Isabel: Carseat, and a bassinet,
a baby carrier, thermometer. Johnny: Wait, wait, but how much is the actual hospital
birth going to cost? Healthcare in the US is significantly more
expensive than in other countries. Some experts say that this is partly because consumers
don’t go around looking for prices comparing them between hospitals. Like they do when
they buy a car or anything else for that matter. So I decided it’d try it out. And see if
there was any way to discover in advance how much we would be paying for our baby’s birth.
What happens next is at once depressing and horrifying, showing how broken and expensive
the American health care system is. There’s no way I’m the only person who’s ever
had this question. Childbirth in the US is the number one reason why people go to the
hospital. Almost 4 million women are going to give birth this year and most births are
relatively uncomplicated. So you would think that with such a common procedure the price
would be generally well known. VO: I wanted to know how much child birth
usually costs, so I did what any good child of the internet would do I found this really disturbing study from
the Yale medical school .It analyzed almost 800,000 low risk deliveries in the US, looking
for the variation in cost just for the facilities, meaning the hospital rooms and supplies and
stuff like that. For just the cost of the hospital room, this
study found that the price varied between $1,189 and $11,986. So I realized I am going
to have to go ask the specific hospital where my wife is giving birth figure this out. Every
hospital has a giant list they call the chargemaster which details all the services they provide
and what they cost. And each item and service in the hospital has a code. If a doctor spends
20 minutes with you, that’s a different code and a different price than if they spent
40 minutes with you. Your insurance company then negotiates a lower price for every single
item on the list. So when my wife goes into the hospital, The nurses have a bar code scanner
that they use to scan every item she will use. Everything from the IV tubes to the Ibuprofen
gets scanned onto the bill. At the end of it all, they put all the codes and prices
onto one piece of paper which they call a “claim” and send it off the insurance. The
insurance looks at it and pays a certain percentage of it based on my policy. The hospital then
sends the remaining balance to me. So I figured if I could get my hands on that master list
of prices I could add up the price of the delivery. Right? Well it wasn’t that easy.
I called the hospital where Isabel is going to give birth and got a message machine. So
I decided to call a some other hospitals to see if anyone could give me general pricing
information about the cost of birth. So my wife is pregnant. My wife is pregnant. My
wife will be giving birth. My wife’s pregnant and I’m trying to get an idea of how much
different services cost. Items that would be on a bill. Different costs associated with
labor and delivery. Hospital: One moment. Ok give me one moment let me talk to my team
lead. Certainly, let me connect you with the billing office. I can connect you with our
financial coordinator. What I’ll have to do is transfer you to the pricing line. I can
transfer you. Johnny: So now I’m being transferred to another line. Or something. I don’t know.
They’re transferring me somewhere. Answer the phone. Message Machine: I will be out
of the office until Monday February 18th. Johnny: I’m going to hang up and try this
again. Message Machine: You’ve reached the voicemail of Patient Priceline. I will be
out of the office until February 18th. Johnny: Everyone’s out of the office. All agents are
currently busy with other customers. Currently, all of our operators are busy. I’m sorry,
extension 59 didn’t answer. Mash up of hold messages. Johnny: No music this time? I just
have to sit her on hold with no music. I’m just trying to see if I can get a number.
Hospital: You will not get a copy of that until after the procedure. Johnny: Ok. Do
you have that information though in terms of like how much certain items cost? Hospital:
no, um they will not present the cost until after. Johnny: So there’s literally no way
for me to discover what the cost is until after I buy is that right? Hospital: We do
not keep that information on hand. Everything is processed after. Johnny: Certainly that
information exists in your hospital system somewhere. Hospital: The itemized copy, all
of that information is done after the procedure, not before. Johnny: I haven’t heard a single
number from anyone about how much anything costs. This is actually starting to become
frustrating. Finally, after two weeks and thirty phone calls I got ahold of a pricing
consultant from the hospital where Isabel’s going to give birth. I finally just got a
call back from a pricing consultant I wasn’t able to record it because she called me out
of the blue. She had taken down all my insurance information and was able to run it through
her system and come up with an estimate quote. And finally for the first time in two weeks,
I heard a number. She said I would be paying $347 for my wife’s birth. She wasn’t able
to give me a breakdown of what that meant or any items specifically. She was able to
only give me that number. And when I pushed on certain items she said she frankly didn’t
know. Apparently prices in a hospital are beyond even a pricing consultant. And then
one day, this happened. I think Izzy may be going into labor. Here we go. I forgot about
healthcare prices for a moment and watched my amazing wife go through a night of painful
labor. She was the hero of the night and at the end of it, we had a new member of our
little family. Oliver was born with no complications and a two day stay in the hospital. All very
typical. Well, I got the bill back in the mail The insurance negotiated a lower–[Oliver
cries]. So the bill that came to us–[Oliver cries] So the bill that came to — [Oliver
cries]. Isabel: We got the final bill back and the hospital charged sixteen thousand
dollars. The negotiated price with the insurance company was eight thousand dollars. They covered
90% of it and sent us the bill for $841 dollars. Johnny: That’s 500 dollars more than the pricing
consultant quotes me for a typical, uncomplicated birth which is what Isabel had. Our healthcare
system suffers from a big problem which is that there’s huge variation in costs. But
what seems to be the bigger problem is that us consumers have no tools to find out where
we fall in that pricing variation. The hospital down the street could be a fairly cheap hospital
or it could be an extremely expensive one–it could be 10 time more expensive than the cheap
ones. You have no idea and there’s no way to tell. And hopefully someday this will change.
But in the meantime, we got a really cute baby out of this whole thing. So, I’m not
complaining. Thank you for for calling the patient Priceline.
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100 comments

  • Nomadic Kitty

    This is why I’m not having kids

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  • Nexus Gaming

    0 in Indian hospital, only bed charge

    Reply
  • SA DU

    so for the people who paid for insurance but don't give birth baby means they lost $8348. for the people who did't brought insurance are considered limited to consume the service in this hospital ( cuz public price is double times insurance price). It's a kind of Commercial monopoly ,isn't it ? Capitalists are way more fox than us.

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  • SA DU

    In a society without insurance, the reasonable price supposed to be $5000, ( include the hospital cost and reasonable profit ), but the capitalists alliance the hospitals to make the price as high as to $16848, so that people have to pay $700*12=$9000 a year for insurance to get a 'special-insurance' price . when you cheer for you small bill- $841 , you forget that you paid $9000+$841 in Total. it's still much higher than the original price $5000.

    does this extra charge $9000+$841-$5000 = $4841 goes to the diligent doctors and nurse ? No,it goes to the capitalists' pocket.

    you want to establish hospital ( offer surgeries) that doesn't work with insurance? Sorry you aren't going to get the permit.

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  • Cubix qt

    Can anyone remind me in 10 years how the baby looks like? Thanks

    Reply
  • StarNexus

    Weird FLEX, but ok 2:55

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  • Nate Lamontagne

    Canada I got charged 400$ for a 3 minute ride in a Ambulance.

    Reply
  • AmberVow05

    I will just try doing house birth…

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  • avicohen2k

    So your filming borders with a baby at home??

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  • Joel C

    Wow, might get my gf pregnant right now just to flex on Americans

    Reply
  • Chat Noir

    If you are singaporean and give birth in singapore , you get baby bonus, which means you get money from the government

    Reply
  • Ectos

    4:08 "your call will be recorded"
    Vox: hold my phone

    Reply
  • TonyMan258

    Home birth is cheaper and safety way than in hospital.

    Reply
  • I Got Game

    When ur Canadian

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  • Vinson Huynh

    Haha I would never want to be a parent.

    Reply
  • Water Otter

    I identify as TransFinancial–I don't owe you anything.

    Reply
  • Jakob Hawkins

    I liked this because he said, 'There's no music this time?'

    Reply
  • J A N A È

    pro lifers are cringing right now and shouting ¨thats not true¨

    Reply
  • Brittny Belnavis

    Cackles in Canadian

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  • eoin ye

    I'm sorry is this some sort of American joke I'm to European to understand?

    Reply
  • Elizabeth Fusaro

    Look at ur max out of pocket lol

    Reply
  • Heavy metal sucks 123

    My moms birthing center just opened, it’s a wayyy cheaper place to have a baby and she delivered about 900+ babies with no complications, consider home births or birthing in a birth center, it’s safe and wayyy cheaper!

    Reply
  • Stanley Tam

    We in Canada baby!

    Reply
  • Face reveal

    It's free if you eat your baby

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  • Sento _

    Capitalism at its best

    Reply
  • signe karlson

    u guys pay??
    its free here, man.
    thats sick

    Reply
  • This is a comment I've written:

    Don't say "laughs in European" because Poland is in Europe
    cries in Polish

    Reply
  • Jade Grande

    When I was born it cost around £15

    £5 for parking
    £10 for snacks

    Reply
  • DDGaminG YT

    I am actually more suprised that my nation is 2nd on how much they pay, but still everything is free

    Reply
  • Alexander Shen

    America is pricey, canada has free health care

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  • Brother Moment

    Hoes mad

    Reply
  • Prod By AJ

    I'm glad that i live in Denmark, Hospitals, Doctors, Police, Ambulance etc is free, and going to the dentist is also free until you turn 18.
    And we even get paid to study

    Reply
  • ッSamzou

    hmh….

    ok

    Reply
  • Cute Shibe

    Looks like I'm giving birth in new Zealand

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  • wah wah

    The healthcare system of America isn't broken and it never was it was just designed to benefit corporations and not the actual patient

    Reply
  • NyanCatWorld Cat

    Europe cough cough

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  • Lucky Dlamini

    Midwives used to do that for free, shm…

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  • Fortnight God

    How did u know

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  • Astid Jewelball

    I love Denmark, it’s “free”. Let’s ignore the fact we pay like 38-50% taxes in Denmark…

    Reply
  • Pusheenosarous 328

    That’s sad.

    Reply
  • Javier Hernandez

    *Touches Building
    GETS CHARGED FOR EVERYTHING IN THE HOSPITAL

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  • spacescooter 123

    Other countries:$16,000

    England :£0
    well well now i know why theres so many immigrants. 😂😂😂

    Reply
  • Noah I.

    Welp im not living in the USA. EVER. Motherf**king america, you’re a cash cow.

    Reply
  • ᅵᅡᅳjust jojoᅴᅥJiji Sowa

    Laughs in Mexican

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  • Gacha Gal

    It’s disgusting how expensive going to the hospital is;

    I had went to a hospital once for a overdose on medicine, staying only for 7 hours.

    It cost 3k, with insurance…

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  • Haris Ali

    Midwife, anyone?

    Reply
  • frishal

    cough cough We have free health care in UK cough cough

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  • AlmightyZae

    wow this was uploaded on my bday 3 yrs ago

    Reply
  • SALTMAR

    hahahaha you have to payyyy to have a child

    Reply
  • Andrea McKeehan

    Watching him bounce that baby around at the end w/o supporting his neck really grinds my gears

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  • Parzival Exstremis

    Congratulations on the baby. 👶

    Reply
  • Taurus19

    Aww ♥️

    Reply
  • TheGreenWolf

    The real question is, DID YOU GUYS VACCINATE?

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  • Crazii Lama

    in the UK we dont have to pay 😀❤️

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  • Neek

    My mom is being sued bc she went to a dr office for them to check something and they told her to take ibprofen and charged her 2000. She was there 5 minutes, refused to pay.

    Reply
  • This Girl Can't Do Makeup

    The hospital I got my prenatal at, had a cost around $7400 for birth if you stay the entire 3 days. (This wasn’t a price I asked for it was right at the reception desk of the Ob/gyn)

    I didn’t give birth in that hospital but it’s a children’s hospital as well which very reputable and well worth it IMO. Unfortunately it was 40 minutes from where I live so it was a hard pass when I was in labor

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  • Zuzu Dahoui

    canadian be like 😎

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  • Ismael Cabrera

    Mom:trying to give birth in hospital

    Doctor: you have to pay me first

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  • Charles Jackson

    Mocks in Canadian GIviNg bIrTh cOsTs a lOt

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  • VICTOR M

    $800 plus! after ins. that's cheap

    Reply
  • Annie Xie

    What about in Canada??

    Reply
  • Kerry and Kallu tales

    UK has NHS and India has NHM…

    Reply
  • Audrey Wheeler

    Bureaucracy folks

    Reply
  • Shaneil Miller

    And people wonder why I don’t want kids. They are expensive. Keep up the great videos

    Reply
  • Beatrice

    So this is why my mom never wants to bring us to the doctor

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  • OOF

    bruh y’all Americans got it rough

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  • OOF

    You can negotiate prices???

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  • Worthy Daily

    Under $1,000? That’s cheap! You have great insurance! Mine is $3,000-$5,000!

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  • Mjc Dub

    Isn’t natural home birth (though risky) free?

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  • Ana Caona

    Health care is a human right. White people have hogged up healthare and don't want to provide it to everyone else.

    Reply
  • ÒwÓ

    WhAt yOu juSt gave BiRtH and YOuR ReadY To lEaVe… GET OUT and uh give me some of that 16k

    Reply
  • Italo Arias

    7:47 Oh my gosh! Be careful with the baby. 😲

    Reply
  • TyRCelto

    Vox libtarded logic:

    Abortions are good. The narrative on the topic is always in the positive.
    Child birth bad, expensive, 'adds to humans carbon foot print in our overpopulated planet'.

    Reply
  • jfresh3000

    We need Medicare For All!

    Reply
  • aranciaaurora

    That…is not legal. Everything about this is so wrong, holy smokes!

    Reply
  • Lynn Carter

    All I learned about this video in the comments is go to Europe and have my baby 😂

    Reply
  • Imani Brown

    I honestly am flaberghasted at the callousness shown from people in other European countries at our healthcare system.

    Im reading horrifying stories in the comments from people who've lost everything to hospital bills. And most Americans would love free healthcare. But because the rich rule our country its funny to see us struggle with the weight that we are made to pay for our existance. And that Americans lose their lives daily under the cost, whether its from rationing out medications they need to live, or going without them and dying.

    Its disgusting. But yeah laugh in French, German, or British or whatever. Its so funny watching this man wade through what hundreds of thousands of people who have less money struggle with daily.

    Its so classically western highbrow to laugh at a suffering that wont touch you.

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  • big dog

    Just get a dog or a cat. Problem solved!!!!

    Reply
  • Malgorzata S.

    I'm baffled how ANYONE is ever having kids in USA. How can you people afford it? Hospital bills and then no maternity leave, this country is so broken it's sometimes not even funny anymore

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  • Slarfii Andreei

    LIFE IS FREE
    YOUR BODY IS FREE
    BIRTH IS FREE
    AIR IS FREE
    WATER IS FREE
    EARTH IS FREE
    YOUR HEALTH IS FREE
    EVERYTHING OF VALUE IS FREE !!!!!!

    Child birth should not cost anything , for thousants of years is was for free .

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  • PENCHIKALA NARESH

    Congratulations on welcoming the baby into thid world.Hope the baby will do great with parents likr you.All the best….😀😀

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  • Jammy

    So basically you have to buy your baby at the price of $800

    Wait the babies are free in canada

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  • Isabella Waller

    $0 in Australia pretty much

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  • Isabella Waller

    Why is America’s health care system so so so so bad……

    Reply
  • salomé d.

    laughs in canadian

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  • Patty J. Ayers

    At home it hardly cost us anything

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  • Juliet Buckingham

    In Canada, childbirth is payed by the taxes we pay.

    Reply
  • Sadie Dubois

    laughs in Canadian

    Reply
  • Happy Cat

    Nah ill just give birth at my house

    Reply
  • AR T

    You spend two days in the hospital.

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  • popcornplaya247

    I heard it’s around $15,000

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  • popcornplaya247

    They also don’t want u to know until it’s too late sort of speak

    Reply
  • artcrazed

    Uncomplicated: was &11,000 and we paid $5000. Ugh. I’m a teacher. We didn’t have the funds.

    Reply
  • khiya

    Laughs in Canadian

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  • Kaiser Wilhelm II

    My parents learned this the hard way when they visited the US

    Reply
  • Fresh Hetai

    Laughs in scandinavia

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  • sydney_ lived

    This is why abortions should be allowed, some states have even talked about banning contraceptives that will help you not get pregnant, but y’all gotta birth every egg , and the foster/adoption care system should better.

    Reply
  • It's Wonder

    Shame. In India it's FREE and the Transportation from home to hospital and hospital to home is also free.

    Reply
  • LostinSpace TK

    My medical bill was $4000 for 3 Stitches in my thumb. Which I took out myself 10 days later with a pair of scissors

    Reply
  • Dragon Loli

    yooooooooooooooooo
    just like buy a plane ticket to a good cuntry then move back or stay there whatever

    Reply

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