The report found that for women with private insurance, the average delivery cost was $6,520 and the average cost for prenatal care was $1,962, compared with $4,577 and $2,142, respectively, for women enrolled in Medicaid, the Washington Times reports. Private health insurers covered 87% of the expenses of insured women, who paid 8% of the remaining costs out of pocket and 5% from "other sources," the report said. Medicaid paid 92% of expenses for beneficiaries, who paid less than 1% out of pocket and 8% from other sources. According to the Times, costs associated with childbirth have increased significantly during the past 10 years. A 1997 analysis published in the Journal of Midwifery found that the average cost for a hospital birth was $5,464. Figures published in U.S. Health Care for Children indicated that the average cost for a hospital birth was $3,983 in 1987.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation