Hospital costs for women who did not have obstetric or obstetric risk factors analyzed complicated discharge data ranging from $ 2,000 to approximately $ 12,000 to complicate childbirth. The wide variation in cost means that for talented parents, it can pay to shop.
By Michelle Andrews
Kaiser Health News
The variability was surprising, with an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Yale School of Medicine, co-author Dr. Says Jessica Illuzzi.
“We limit our sample to low-risk women, an equal group, so finding that variability was unexpected”, she says.
The study, published this month in Health Affairs, analyzed data from 267,120 births in 463 hospitals that were part of a project sponsored by the federal agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2011, a nationwide unadjusted sample. Estimated average hospital delivery costs range from $ 1,189 to $ 11,986 per maternity, with an average of $ 4,215. The figure did not include the professional fees of obstetricians, midwives or anesthesiologists, who usually bill separately for their services.
As consumers face increasingly high deductibles and increased costs for medical care, high-cost hospital births can significantly increase their out-of-pocket costs, Illuzi says. Some government agencies and other organizations Report data Cesarean delivery Details about delivery rate and delivery cost And fees by the hospital.
Of the federal government Hospital comparison website Reports the percentage of pregnant women who had elective deliveries one to three weeks earlier that were not medically necessary.
The study found that hospitals with higher rates of Caesarean deliveries among other factors were more likely to have higher facility costs. The study found that caesarean delivery hospital rates for low-risk births varied widely from 2 percent to 39 percent.
According to the study, pricier care did not necessarily lead to better results. Hospitals with higher estimated costs were more likely to have serious complications among low-risk deliveries.
The study notes that combine professional estimates, including cost estimates and neonatal care, in addition to maternal estimates, may result in different cost patterns than those found in the study.
“Today care costs are getting a lot of attention, but little attention is paid to maternity costs, the major reason for hospitalization,” says Iluzi.