The link you provided seemed to use the same data as a number of websites, typically of a commercial variety. The number provided were averages and did not provide much insight beyond a summary number (e.g., the $20k you quoted). We all know the challenges to any "average" cost as exceptionally high data points can skew data (up). I was interested in finding data on median and even bottom quartile/decile costs, but was unsuccessful.thx for this info. looked at yr link:
kinda cuts both ways :) looks like it can cost $20K... and if you run into complications a lot more. I'm not sure I can wrap my head around people going broke because they want to have a baby.
I believe socialism is fundamentally evil and soul-crushing... so I'm just trying to balance that with the other evil soul-crushing forces in our culture :)
Eric's details on the various healthcare options available in the U.S., especially for those of lower incomes, prompted me to look further into the details around Medicaid (since I couldn't find the aforementioned raw data). I was interested in the support options for folks at the lowest end of the income/wealth spectrum. See the link below for some information (that perhaps Eric can affirm/refute based on his technical understanding):
My summary read of this shows that for those of lowest means, in most states the healthcare costs for pregnancy and birth appear to be very well covered. To whit:
5. What is the cost-sharing obligation under Medicaid or CHIP?
None. Medicaid law prohibits states from charging deductibles, copayments, or similar charges for services related to pregnancy or conditions that might complicate pregnancy, regardless of the Medicaid enrollment category. HHS presumes “pregnancy related services” includes all services otherwise covered under the state plan, unless the state has justified classification of a specific service as not pregnancy-related in its state plan. States may, however, impose monthly premiums on pregnant women with incomes above 150% of FPL and charge for non-preferred drugs.
Most states that cover pregnant women in their CHIP program do not have cost-sharing or any other fees associated with participation in the program.