Saturday, May 29, 2010
Having a Baby in 1930
Circumcision - $3
Total - $53
According to Forbes, the total charge in 2009 for an uncomplicated birth with 3 day hospital stay at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles was $36,625.
That seems a little high but good luck trying to find out the actual charge ahead of time. You better round up between $7,000 and $15,000 and that will not include the circumcision or prenatal visits, ultrasounds and other modern perks. It may or may not include the epidural which will likely be billed separately by the anesthesiologist.
Of course the obstetrician pays between $100K and $200K for annual malpractice insurance (depending upon the State) to make sure you have a perfect baby. Nothing is the same as 1930...except the great depression and the current great recession.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:37 AM