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Kate Middleton's Luxury Birthing Suite Would Pay For Half Of A Room In America

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This is outrageous!

We were flabbergasted when we found out that Kate Middleton’s birthing suite would cost her $15,000, but not after hearing this!

Over in America, women can expect to pay between $30,000 for a vaginal birth and $50,000 to deliver a baby via c-section, and that’s without the champagne!

Insurance companies will pay about $18,329 and $27,866 of this, but the rest is left up to the parents.

Part of this huge difference is that in America they charge for every little thing rather than just an overall hospital fee.

The figure is also a bit skewed because it includes both the delivery and room costs, whereas it’s not clear if Kate’s is with the delivery costs too.

But it's still not far off!

This is an upsetting number, especially considering how many babies are born every year.

Hopefully this royal birth will call attention to these figures, because women don’t need to be worrying about money when they’re carrying a child!

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37 comments to “Kate Middleton's Luxury Birthing Suite Would Pay For Half Of A Room In America”



  1. 1

    I had a private room, was there for 3 days and it cost me nothing. Happy to be Canadian.

  2. butseriously says – reply to this


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    They do if they live in a country with NO UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!!!!!

  3. bigduh says – reply to this


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    Yet another reason the whole unemployed teen mom thing is so insane…children are expensive enough, I can't even imagine a $10,000 + start-up fee right outta the gate!

    ps. didn't Perez cover the costs for his surrogate? how is this number a surprise to him?!?

  4. holly says – reply to this


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    Women absolutely need to be worrying about money when with child. Too many women don't worry enough and allow those of us who do worry to foot the bill.

  5. bigpaul says – reply to this


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    In Australia, it also cost nothing, it wasn't a big private room when she gave birth and one day after moved into a 2-bed room which also cost nothing (she stayed there 4 days)

  6. Lady_Says says – reply to this


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    And Kates cost is just because she went private, it would cost nothing through the NHS. Although the level of care may be, questionable, to some at least.

  7. Lizzy says – reply to this


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    All Free in france, stayed 4 days, private room, didn't pay one cent. Long live sociale security !

  8. Proudly Canadian says – reply to this


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    In Canada we don't pay to birth our babies. If you don't have insurance you still don't have to pay you get a ward room. If you have insurance on top of that it is a small number to upgrade to a semi or private room. I for instance paid 25 dollars for my private room, small price to pay for my own shower I'd say. The fact that in America you can lose your house for having a baby is ludicrous. Universal health care you all knock it but if you do your research it works.



  9. 9

    Re: rosebud99 – nice!



  10. 10

    Re: Proudly Canadian – proudly Canadian indeed :)

  11. Visa says – reply to this


    11

    You Idiots, nothing is free in Canada, France or England. Everyone, and I mean everyone i is taxed 10% of their gross income to pay for health care. Yes I said it, those in lower income brackets still pay 10%. That is why it works there, it is like sales tax, everyone pays the same. You can't have just the middle and upper class pay for health care, it has to be across the board. Also, they are saying that "Prince" George is going to cost the British tax payers about $100 billion Euros over his lifetime. What an absolute waste of their countries revenue. $100 billion to wave at people like a mascot at disney world.



  12. 12

    Imagine how many woman have babies every day who don't have insurance and don't pay the bill and never will. Some have 4, 5 kids with no worries of paying the bill.



  13. 13

    I live in the States and I've never heard of any of my friends who are parents putting out $12,000 to have their babies. They all have health insurance but I don't think any of them could afford to pay $12,000 per child!

  14. Me says – reply to this


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    Re: Visa
    Visa is right. Health care is not free in those places. It is simply paid for through taxes as opposed to individuals paying different amounts based on their personal choices and employment as it is here in the US. Those saying it is free simply never see the money as it is taken before it can be spent on a personal level. THINK!

  15. Natasha says – reply to this


    15

    Visa - not true at all. I do not get taxed 10% as a low-income Canadian, and, what I do pay in income tax I get back in full at tax return time since I am low-income. Get your facts straight.



  16. 16

    Re: IzzyLizzy – Yeah, that's why health care is so expensive…well, one of the big reasons, anyway.

  17. Natasha says – reply to this


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    Might I add in Canada I get paid a year for maternity leave…. lots of places in the states pay you nothing but instead, you get 3 months where you won't get fired.



  18. 18

    Re: VisaRe: Me – True, we do pay more taxes. But did you know that what the average American pays for decent health insurance is far more than what they would pay in additional taxes in Canada? And even with that health insurance, they have to pay deductibles if something goes wrong, or they may not be covered at all.

  19. Canuck says – reply to this


    19

    Free health are here in Canada! Another reason in a list of many that make me proud to be a Canadian!



  20. 20

    Re: rosebud99 – But it cost the tax payers plenty. Socialized medicine has it's advantages, but it's a misnomer to call it "free health care".



  21. 21

    Re: Love Lilly Pu – Very true. We do pay in taxes. But our system is much more worry free.



  22. 22

    People in the US with health insurance usually have preferred providers they can go to. So they go to the hospital that works out a deal with the insurance company to accept less money for each procedure, in exchange for all the new patients they will get. This is extremely common and how it almost always works. So the bill you get from the hospital might be 50,000 dollars, but the insurance company will only have to pay 25,000 of it and after your small co-pay and/or deductible, it is is considered even. And most women without insurance get Medicaid to cover the cost of their baby…so this whole post by Perez is extremely misleading and is probably going to scare the crap out of a lot of new parents-to-be, for no reason.
    I do agree our health system sucks though.

  23. Amie says – reply to this


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    interestingly enough that when I speak to American mother's they get offended when I say how sad I am that they have to pay out of pocket so much to have their babies. They tell me that I'm leaching my government and if I can't afford to have a baby then I shouldn't. UK and Canada have universal health care which means we for health care through our taxes….I've never heard of anyone claiming bankruptcy for having a baby here where I live. so I guess depending on who you ask as to what system they favor.

  24. karri says – reply to this


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    It's so high because teens have babies: white and brown at 50% , and black at 70% single mothers and most are teens…. with NO insurance and NO job and NO partner.. that is what is wrong! It's not rocket science Perez…

  25. Mkay says – reply to this


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    Where the heck are those americans giving birth at? That's not even close to what mine cost. I think that price is exaggerated by a lot!!



  26. 26

    yes and both could pay to feed children in a starving country for a year …

    just find a flat surface sheesh

  27. Lnn says – reply to this


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    That is not true… at all. I had a private room and insurance covered 100% of hospital stay and even all doctors visits before.. People who actually pay for insurance get this.

  28. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    Wow I had no idea the costs were so high. Have to ask my sis tomorrow (she is an office manager for my family doctor).
    Had to have a couple of tests today, with my Medicare HMO my cost was zero and they provide free transportation (of course I tipped the drivers)/

  29. MrsLambert says – reply to this


    29

    Our for profit healthcare system. CEOs gotta get their pay on

  30. Claudia1234 says – reply to this


    30

    Had my baby 3 months ago paid nothing to have my baby here in Australia all covered by Medicare America really needs to have a health care system like us :)

  31. firebug666 says – reply to this


    31

    While it is true health care is not free here in Canada, I will happily opt to pay significantly less on my taxes for health care and a full year of paid maternity leave than pay the hefty premiums required in other countries.

    When I had my son I upgraded to a private room which cost me $50 total over 4 days. I know people in the states who without the proper insurance would have had to take out a second mortgage on their house or get a line of credit for something so simple.

  32. Cameron says – reply to this


    32

    It depends on where you live. My c-section for my TWINS was nowhere near that expensive. I had a 5 day hospital stay, a c-section, twins, and it cost $6,000 for everything…the doctor the nurses, the anesthesiologist, etc. The total cost including OBgyn visits was $7200.

  33. Bisa says – reply to this


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    In Germany we don't pay for it. We have a healthcare and pay for this every month. I had a room with an other mum.

  34. MEC says – reply to this


    34

    It didn't cost me that much to have my c-section. I paid 4,000 dollars for 4 days in a private room. I like having the option to go to the doctor whenever I want and not have to wait months to get the tests done I need. I am sorry for those that do, but that is what a national health care system does. My great grandmother in the UK was 90 when she fell and broke her hip. The hospital said they would wait overnight to see if she survived before they even thought about doing surgery. What kind of health system allows that?

  35. Nancy Elser says – reply to this


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    Re: Lnn – At my employer, when I had my son in 2001, I only had a small copay at my first OBGYN visit. In 2010 they switched our healthcare plan to a deductible system, meaning that I paid (in my case) the first $2000 out of pocket, and thereafter, the insurance only paid 80% max of a hospital stay. So it depends on the insurance you have. (And all this cost me, on top of this, $400/month in premiums).

  36. Nancy Elser says – reply to this


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    Re: Visa – This is a nonsensical argument. What in life is truly free? Do you drive down the road for free? No, because part of your taxes help maintain roads, bridges, and overpasses. Is water free? It's out there, does it belong to everyone? No, not if you're drinking it from your tap; someone charges you to bring it into your home via pumping and piping. Can you pick a blade of grass for free? No, not if you do not own the land, or no, not if it's in a public park or public area, as your taxes are used to maintain and plant that grass. Bottom line, it works to have everyone pay a portion of their taxes towards a universal healthcare system, and prevents the artificial inflation of healthcare pricing (see

  37. Nancy Elser says – reply to this


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    Re: Visa – See