“I feel a blog post coming on,” is what my husband said as I was reading to him some of our hospital charges. He was right.
You’d think that with our fifth baby we’d know better, but it honestly wasn’t something I’d thought about before. When I received our hospital bill after baby #5, though, I called to get an itemized list. Delivering a baby isn’t cheap, and I wanted to know what cost so much!
Secretly, I was hoping they had wrongly charged me for an epidural that I didn’t have or something else that would reduce our bill, but we didn’t get that lucky. The charges that bothered me were rather insignificant in the grand scheme of a few thousand dollars, but still.
Dermoplast spray (that I never used) ~ $11.00
Lansinoh cream (that I never used) ~ $16.50
Witch hazel pads (that I never used) ~ $12.50
I remember my nurse setting those things on the vanity in my room, and I remember them telling me to take everything home with me, but I had no idea I was being charged crazy prices for things I didn’t even need! And if I did need them, I certainly could have brought a supply with me or had my husband run to the store real quick.
The 600 mg ibuprofen that I received was $2.50 per pill. Stool softener, $1.50. Per pill. Hmmm, pretty sure we could have grabbed a bottle at the local pharmacy for the cost of a couple of pills at the hospital.
Again, in the grand scheme of things, those charges may not be much. But for someone who doesn’t have insurance or has a higher co-pay, or just sees red when she pays for something she doesn’t want or need (me!) it’s annoying.
If your due date is near and you’re headed to the hospital for delivery, you may want to put the above items on your “to pack” list, and then refuse them at the hospital. And lesson learned: always ask for an itemized list of charges.
Have any of my experienced mom friends found unexpected charges on your hospital bill? Do tell!