American mothers are sharing the shocking price of giving birth in the US, revealing their hospital bills and how long it took them to pay them off.
After she revealed that she’s finally paid hers off ahead of her kid’s second birthday, other US-based mothers shared their own shocking costs — while mothers from Australia, Canada, and the UK gloated about their own healthcare systems.
Bills: TikTok user Ms. Lily Flowers kicked things off on the app on November 20, sharing a short video in which she asked, ‘How old was your baby when you paid off your hospital bill?’
Comments poured in on the original video, with women revealing the astronomical bills they received.
‘My bill for my [preemie] son born in 2002 was $2.75 million,’ wrote a woman named Angela.
‘My son was born in January, and I had a $6,500 deductible plus 30% coinsurance, so my bill was over 10. He’s almost 6 now, not paid off,’ said another mom.
Yet another mother said that even with insurance, her bill was $12,000 — and it didn’t get paid off until her daughter was seven.
Insane! Dozens of women have responded with their own crazy bills, which have taken years to pay off
A teacher said she has ‘pretty good insurance’ so she only owed $5,000, while another woman still owes $4,000 for her son.
‘My bill for 1st was $8,000, second was $5,000,’ said one more.
Some women even posted duets in which they shared their grand totals, including Abby Govea, who included an image of her $26,000 hospital bill from several years ago.
Meanwhile, user @laysamichelle_ got a bill for a whopping $80,000 after her son Noah was born premature and spent eight days in the NICU. He is now three years old and she is still paying.
Yikes! Several mothers shared duets with their own hospital bills and how long they paid them for
Wow! One mother even shared an email with her initial balance: $26,312
The other option: Meanwhile, women from other countries have taken the opportunity to sing the praises of universal healthcare
‘Feeling sorry for all you US mums,’ wrote one mother, while another gloated about the ‘perks of being Canadian’
As if the women posting needed any more reason to be upset about their bills, women from other countries have taken the opportunity to sing the praises of universal healthcare.
TikTokers from Canada, Australia, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Greenland, New Zealand, and more all posted gloating videos declaring that they paid absolutely nothing for childbirth, with all of their expenses covered by their countries’ healthcare systems.
‘Everything related to pregnancy and delivery is free here in Iceland,’ wrote one.
‘Feeling sorry for all you US mums,’ wrote another.
‘The perks of being Canadian,’ wrote yet another.