Sunday, November 10, 2013

PAM FOD #10 - Costs

Prematurity Awareness Month
Fact of the Day
Day 10

Q: Does it cost a lot to have a preterm baby?
A: Yes. Over the course of the first year the medical bills are about 10 times higher on average than a full-term baby.

Bottom line: If you're pregnant and on hospitalized bed rest and feeling guilty for all the associated costs, know this - it costs the insurance companies or you more to have the baby early than to pay to have you monitored in the hospital.  Keep 'em cooking!

P.S. for concerned family/friends: We were covered through multiple insurances, as preemies who spend more than 30 days in the NICU in the States qualify for medicaid. That said, that's a bit beside the point. It's expensive, so at-risk pregnant mommas keep your feet up and stay pregnant!

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