Hospitals generate excess “emergency service” bills for routine births: Hospitals squeeze excessive emergency room charges from routine births – oregonlive.com
Our experience has been that the medical staff are exceptionally good – but the business side of hospital organizations is corrupt and incompetent. Every bill they sent was in error as they attempted to extract more pain from every patient. Their charges are frequently obscene, charging $50 per minute of access to a provider.
Demographics: Corruption like this to bleed more money out of a birth discourages families from having kids. As you should know if you read this blog, the U.S. fertility rate has been below the population replacement level nearly every year since 1972; the overall population grows because of immigration, not due to births. Hospitals charge almost $20,000 for routine, non-complicated birthing services (on average); total costs including pre-birth medical services can push the total costs much higher.