My second DS is almost 6 months old and I just requested the detail billing for my labor with him. They charge for every little single thing you use! They even charge by the hour for each hour you're in labor. It's ridiculous!
Most hospitals charge you like 3 times the cost amount for the medical items they give you. I.E. hemorriod cream, tucks pads, dermoplast spray, prenatal vitamins, tylenol, etc. My suggestion is that you go the store and buy a few of these items and bring them with you and refuse theirs! I was even charged $18 for a breast shield thing to help with breastfeeding. You can buy one of those at Babies R Us for only $7.
The things I suggest you buy and bring to your labor: Tylenol, prenatal vitamins, hemorroid medication (if you don't have any now you more than likely will get some with all of that pushing during labor!), breastfeeding accessories and breast pump, etc.
And I also suggest requesting a detail of the billing to make sure they charged you right. I was charged for 14 cans of Dermaplast. Who in their right mind would use 14 cans during 2 days of stay? Crazy! I didn't even use one. I was also charged over $100 for breastpump kit which I was never given!View Thread
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