The Royal Birth Cost About $15K. Most American Births Cost $30K.


Apparently your fancy American baby thinks it’s better than the future King of England.

The $15,000 figure comes from estimates of how much delivery costs in the schmancy Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, where Kate gave birth. That’s apparently expensive for the United Kingdom, but in the U.S., it’s what clowns pay to give birth in dumpsters.

The expensive-ass truth$$$ of giving birth in the United States:

“The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section,” Rosenthal reported, “with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866.” That data comes from a Truven Analytics report that recently looked at the high cost of pregnancy in the United States.

Now, those numbers include the total cost of pregnancy care, but the handy dandy chart below shows the disparity in easy-t0-understand, holy-fuck-the-United-States-is-so-wrong-for-so-long, fun colors:

Of course, this doesn’t take into account all the special crapola the royal baby gets — for instance, most births probably don’t involve a heavy security detail — but its another harsh truth of our overwrought and mismanaged health care system. But wait, what were you saying about fat people costing us all that money? Ohhh, pregnant women are classified as fatties? Okay, got it.

[Washington Post]

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