Originally Posted by Mountain_Mama
So does that mean each intervention is and additional cost? If someone had a full 'menu' of interventions (pitocin, epidural, others drugs) would their bill be higher? What if you hemorrhage after birth and require blood - does that cost something? I'm sorry to sound so ignorant, this is just a bit of a foreign concept...
Yes, more interventions, the higher the cost. You have to think about the cost of everything. Most common meds aren't that expensive but some meds are crazy expensive. We had a patient that comes in twice a month for a an IV infusion (I work ICCU) the nurse held the bag of meds in her hand and said "I'm holding $6,600 worth of meds right here.."
Procedures are based on cost also and it really depends on your insurance and deductible on what the patient pays out of pocket. My sister had no insurance with both her boys, they both came really early and had to stay in the NICU for a while. She has huge medical bills and always jokes that she'll still be paying the bills when the boys are in college.
I have awesome insurance. I work for a hospital and any test (blood, x-ray,ect) done at the hospital is free. My co-pay including MD visits, labor, delivery and recovery is $20 as long as it's done at the hospital. I live five minutes away so this is no problem. This insurance is avaliable to all staff from the housekeeper, to the RN's to the CEO.