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Chua KP, Fendrick AM, Conti RM
Out-of-pocket spending for deliveries and newborn hospitalizations among the privately insured.
The authors estimated national data on out-of-pocket spending across the childbirth episode, including both deliveries and newborn hospitalizations, using national commercial claims data. They found that, during 2016–2019, privately insured families paid $3000 out-of-pocket for maternal and newborn hospitalizations, with out-of-pocket spending exceeding $5000 for 1 in 6 families. They recommended that clinicians counsel privately insured families concerning their childbirth benefits.
Citation: Chua KP, Fendrick AM, Conti RM . Out-of-pocket spending for deliveries and newborn hospitalizations among the privately insured. Pediatrics 2021 Jul;148(1):e2021050552. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-050552..
Keywords: Newborns/Infants, Labor and Delivery, Pregnancy, Healthcare Costs