This is insane!
On Monday, a new dad in Utah named Ryan Grassley took to Reddit to express his amusement over a hospital bill he received for the birth of his son. Let’s just say the tab is quite the eye-opener!
According to the poppa’s account, he was shocked to see a $39.96 item on the bill listed as “Skin to Skin after C-Sect” — which means he was literally charged money to hold his own baby following the c-section delivery. It’s a pretty crazy concept when you think about it!
Check out the controversial invoice (below)!
While the charge outraged a lot of people, the dad in question got a good chuckle out of the ordeal, writing:
“The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill.”
Ha! At least the father was happy with his experience… as long as everyone is healthy that’s all that matters!
Despite the dad’s good attitude about the bill, many users took the post as an opportunity to knock our country’s healthcare system. A few people were appalled that it costs tens of thousands of dollars just to give birth in America.
One disgusted person from Canada wrote:
“You guys. This is ridiculous. You’re the only country in the developed world who doesn’t have state-funded health care services. How you can’t seem to think this is a basic human right is beyond me.”
On the other side of the coin, a labor and delivery nurse chimed in to provide a hospital’s perspective:
“As a labor and delivery nurse, I can kind of explain this. I didn’t know that hospitals charged for it, but doing ├óΓé¼╦£skin to skin’ in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby. We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was okay. ├óΓé¼╦£Skin to skin’ in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second Labor and Delivery RN to come in to the OR and make sure the baby is safe.”
Makes sense we guess! The whole concept is still pretty unbelievable though…
[Image via Reddit.]