California hospitals charge $3,000 to $37,000 for childbirth, study says

January 16, 2014 7:17 PM

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California hospitals charge $3,000 to $37,000 for childbirth, study says

Amid growing scrutiny of hospital billing, a new study finds that California hospitals charged mothers $3,296 to $37,227 for a routine delivery.

For women having a cesarean section, the UC San Francisco study found patients were billed $8,312 to nearly $71,000. Few of the patients in the study released Thursday had serious health issues, and most were discharged within six days of admission.

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