KQED News: PriceCheck: How much does it cost to have a baby in Northern California?

KQED News: PriceCheck: How much does it cost to have a baby in Northern California?

By Lisa Aliferis

Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization in the U.S. In California, about half a million babies are born every year. Given how common it is — and that most births are fairly uncomplicated, medically — you’d think there would be some predictability in prices.

“So the first thing they should be looking for and demanding is no cost-sharing for prenatal care,” said Susan Berke Fogel, with the National Health Law Program. Common screenings like gestational diabetes and Rh incompatibility are just two of the tests included at no cost to the patient. Read the full article here »

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