I hear you.
When I had my baby - a healthy baby, normal birth, etc. -the total bill from the hospital came out to over $20,000! How is any family with no insurance able to afford that?
Even when I had insurance, my portion came out to $2,000. When I called the insurance company to see why my portion was so high, they said it was partially because the doctor who examined the baby at the hospital was not in the network. I guess I was supposed to ask the doctor as they examined the baby to see if he was part of my network! Unbelieveable!
There is an organization that I found that is really trying to put a voice around this and other working mother's issues - www.momsrising.org.
Here is a paragraph from their website:
"Medical issues are a leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. A February 2005 study published in the journal Health Affairs, authored by a well-respected team of experts that includes several Harvard University professors, found that families like Sharon’s are part of a growing trend of medical bankruptcies. In fact, half of all bankruptcy filings in 2001 were related to medical issues.
And medical related bankruptcies are skyrocketing. There’s been a twenty-threefold (2,300 percent) increase in medical related bankruptcy filings between 1981, when only 8 percent of bankruptcies were medical related, and 2001. And, it turns out, these medical related bankruptcies look a lot like what Sharon’s family experienced